Tough Times Never Last But Tough People Do

Written by Rick Gettle

Dear Editor,

Tough Times Never Last But Tough People Do

(Overcoming Obstacles, Adversities And Discouragement)

By Rick Gettle © 2003

How would you like to see a permanent end to all of your problems?

We all have problems – and our problems only end - when we do. The only people without problems are inrepparttar cemetery. I’d like to stick around – problems and all. How about you?

No matter what problems we have to face today, there is a solution, because we have nothing to deal with but our own thoughts. As long as we think that our destiny is inrepparttar 109410 hands of other people,repparttar 109411 situation is hopeless. We need to confront our problems with courage, boldness and action.

There’s an old Chinese saying that goes, “If you live with a problem long enough, it could eventually become a blessing.” Within every adversity in life, there is always a seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. We have to look for it - find it - and act on it.

We learn courage - when we face danger. We learn patience - when we endure suffering. We learn tenderness - when we taste pain. We learn to prize true friends – when false ones forsake us. We treasure health - when illness strikes. We learn to prize freedom - when we are in danger of losing it. Without trouble we would be like plants that have sprouted, grown, and been nurtured inrepparttar 109412 overprotected shelter of a hothouse -- too tender ever to live inrepparttar 109413 open.

How can we possibly become a strong person, if we have an easy life? The tougher it is,repparttar 109414 tougher we have a chance to become – if we choose to fight back. Tough times never last – but tough people do.

When you see a highly decorated military person all dressed up with rows of battle ribbons and awards on their chest, you are looking at someone who courageously faced and conquered danger, hardships, adversities, problems, life-threatening situations, torture, injury, and heartbreak, watching their buddies die terrible deaths. These people had fortitude -repparttar 109415 ability to endure and last. They wouldn’t quit, give up or run away. Yes there were times, I’m sure they knew, when they bit off more than they could chew, but through it all when there was doubt – they ate it up – and spit it out –repparttar 109416 records show – they tookrepparttar 109417 blows – and did it their way.

Massage Your Mind!: A Spontaneous Woo to You!

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

As I was driving to a friend’s house recently, I passedrepparttar Dublin Pub, a local watering hole known for its live music. Onrepparttar 109409 reader board, one band’s name caught my eye: Spontaneous Woo.

Hmmm, I thought. What a great concept. There is nothing quite like letting out a joyous, spontaneous “WOO!” when things are going our way. We might personalize our woo, making it come out as “YESSSS!” or “Sweeeeeet” or even “Woo-HOO!” No matter what elicits this response, we know it means something good has happened.

What is good? How do we define it?

Good is a moving target, but one thing we may be able to agree upon is that it IS a target. Aristotle usedrepparttar 109410 Greek word telos meaning “end or completion” and used teleology to refer torepparttar 109411 study ofrepparttar 109412 purpose of things. He believed that everything—not just people—has a purpose, or target. Nothing is random. The whole world is made up of these interrelated purposes.

“The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to purpose.” --Montaigne

According to Aristotle, we were born to think. We’re supposed to use our brains to contemplate and to appreciaterepparttar 109413 complexity ofrepparttar 109414 universe. Our purpose is to think in order to live a good life.

Ah…back to good. We use this word to describe everything from a haircut to a mathematical theory. Essentially, something is good if it satisfies a certain expectation we have of it—it hitsrepparttar 109415 target. A “good cup of coffee” could be strong, weak, bitter, sweet, milky, black, or free, depending on what you value and what you want from your cuppa. But are there certain qualities that make a life good?

“Goodness is easier to recognize than to define.” --W.H. Auden

We know good when we see it, just like we know when something is woo-worthy. If, as Aristotle says, our purpose is to live a good life and be happy, why isn’t there some simple formula we can apply to everyone? What’srepparttar 109416 minimum woo-quotient of a good life? How do we know if we have enough to be happy? We all know plenty of people who never seem to have enough of anything.

Aristotle believed that we need to use courage, honesty and moderation in pursuing pleasure. For him, moral goodness and enjoyment in life wererepparttar 109417 same thing. It’s okay to pursue anything you want, but don’t go overboard. This concept of moderation became known asrepparttar 109418 golden mean.

Not surprisingly, this became a popular idea, especially amongrepparttar 109419 rich. It was just what they wanted to hear! We must remember thatrepparttar 109420 majority of Aristotle’s students were wealthy—who else hadrepparttar 109421 time to study philosophy all day long? Aristotle’s emphasis on moderation got lost in allrepparttar 109422 excitement about pursuing whatever you like.

Hmmm. Sounds a lot like modern life, doesn’t it? What kind of life would Aristotle suggest we live inrepparttar 109423 midst of allrepparttar 109424 stuff ofrepparttar 109425 21st century? What does moderation mean now?

First, let’s start onrepparttar 109426 far end ofrepparttar 109427 stuff spectrum. Let’s talk about television. Instead of thinking about what is enough, let’s take a look at what is excessive. We can probably agree that having five big screen TVs with 150 channels is a bit much. What if we are fabulously wealthy? What limits our consumption when we can afford anything?

Wealthy people are not necessarily more or less moral than anyone else. However, they are tested more thanrepparttar 109428 rest of us because they haverepparttar 109429 ability to live an excessive lifestyle. This is where we get confused between A GOOD LIFE and THE GOOD LIFE. One little word of difference but wow, what a shift in thinking.

Cont'd on page 2 ==> © 2005
Terms of Use