Why is life so hard?
Struggle is a part of life. It is through struggles and challenges that we grow. I’m sure that you’ve heard the clichés, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, “No pain no gain”, “You learn more from your mistakes than from your successes.”
Pain should be used as a catalyst for change. Sometimes you need a little discomfort to get you to sit down and examine what it is you really want and what you need to change. The challenge could be financial, it could be related to problems at work or it could be a conflict in a personal relationship. I have one of my favorite poems on the wall in my kitchen and I read it often.
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how near you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that
You must not Quit.
Accept the challenges when life tests you. Keep your struggles in perspective. Recognize them as opportunities to set new goals and find new ways to achieve your goals. Professor Randy Pausch from “The Last Lecture” says that brick walls are there to show us how badly we want something. Don’t let today’s obstacles keep you from realizing your dreams of tomorrow.