When the Going Gets Tough…

The Tough Get Going!

I know this saying sounds cliché, but sometimes each of us needs a kick in the tush! As 2013 comes to a close, I thought I would quickly chat about something that most of us like to avoid discussing. Life can be tough. We all know that… But we don’t all react the same way to tough things in life.

Stepping into 2014 let’s agree (together) to battle this tough life head on! I mean come on… Is it really that bad? I don’t think so.

Anytime I feel down in the dumps (yes I do, I just avoid showing it if possible), I think about people who are less fortunate than me

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. I mean there are people with no legs who somehow manage to thrive in life! There are people with inoperable brain tumors who refuse to give in and keep living despite their ailments!

If these folks can survive and thrive then who am I to complain?

Your life will have its downs. You will struggle sometimes. Some things will seem unbearable and inescapable. You need to suck it up and carry on during these times.

If there’s one thing I can tell you, it’s that even though we have hard times and down times, life will always come back around and improve. Just batten down the hatches and trudge through the tough times.

What do you do to help yourself during your times of need?

Let’s make 2014 a banner year!!!

Love you all,

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  1. Dan McNally says

    Life isn’t fair, nor is it out to get you . . . It’s just life. You get the cards you are dealt and what you do with them is entirely up to you. I learned, as a young sergeant, stationed in a third world country, that people who worked seven days a week, twelve hours a day, for a fifth of what the military was paying me could be happy, could laugh and enjoy life . . . because they were happy with what they had, not depressed about what they didn’t have. And they lost precious little time worrying about what they didn’t have. Once I learned that I lived in my head and had total control of whether I was happy or not, life got a whole lot better!

    • Exactly my point! Thanks for sharing, Dan! Third world countries are a perfect example to show us what we don’t suffer through!

      And… Thank you for your service to our great nation!

  2. Liz Humphrey says

    Instead of focusing on what I don’t have or I can’t do, I concentrate on the things that I CAN do to make my situation better than it is. Recently, my husband and I both found out we are losing our jobs due to our facility being shut down and moved out of state. The very first day we received the news, we were planning on what needed to be done in order to put ourselves in the best position possible for our future. It evolves constantly, but the basic understanding we have together to do what we need to make this work is all I need to keep forging ahead. Thank God for my wonderful partner, my husband.

    • Your job loss is a perfect example… Especially the added stress and pain of both of you simultaneously losing your jobs. Good on you for the positive outlook and pushing through this struggle.

      Thanks for sharing!


  3. I pray. I *let go and let God* — Life is tough but with the right attitude, we can persevere. God never promised us a rose garden. But he did say it would all be worth it at the end. I BELIEVE that.

    • Hi Lonna,

      Belief in something so powerful will ALWAYS help to carry you through tough times. And, I agree that life was never promised to be a rose garden… I’d take it one step further and even add, imagine how boring life would be if it was a rose garden!

      Thanks for the comment,

  4. Funny thing about luck… the harder you work, the luckier you get!

  5. Liz Humphrey says

    Luck favors the prepared? Yes, I believe that.