14 Uplifting Quotes To Get You Through Any Rough Patch
It's happened to all of us. One day you're walking along, minding your own business, whistling along to the birds chirping like they just flew straight out of a Disney movie and the next it happens. Perhaps it comes in the form of your partner dropping a huge bomb on you that they've met someone else and are moving on. Or perhaps your boss choses this otherwise happy day to announce that the company went under last night and you'll now be the newest member of the unemployment line.
Let's face it, no matter how together our lives are or how far we seem to have climbed up the ladder of success, we all face the occasional rough patch. Whether it's just a bad mood that won't seem to let up, a fear of failure or change, or a major life obstacle, tackling such struggles can be hard.
It's during these times that keeping it all together and striving to maintain a sense of hope can seem difficult, if not borderline impossible. That's why we've pulled together this set of inspirational quotes that will hopefully help get you through and remind you that there's always light at the end of the tunnel.
"Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it." -Charles R. Swindoll
"Believe you can and you're halfway there." -Theodore Roosevelt
"Life has no limitations, except the ones you make." - Les Brown
"Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine." - Mario Fernandez
"Defeat is simply a signal to press onward." - Helen Keller
"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." -Frederick Douglass
"I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." -Michael Jordan
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." -John Wooden
"The dreamers are the saviors of the world." - James Allen
"In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity." -Albert Einstein
"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." -Robert F. Kennedy
"The best way to predict the future is to create it." -Abraham Lincoln
"Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure." - Napoleon Hill
"Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." -Dale Carnegie
As you can see, many of these quotes speak to a sort of optimism that can be hard to maintain when it feels like your world is falling apart and which comes to some of us a little more naturally than others. So what's the trick in trying to maintain the fine line between hope and all out losing your mind?
As some of the authors of the above quotes realized, a lot of it's about how we look at the hard times and chose to interpret them as life experiences. It can be easy to fall into the traps of thinking that the universe or God or the world is out to get you during these times, but could it be that there are other ways to see them from a different angle?
Perhaps ones of the best things we can do during the tough times in life is remember to always look for the lesson. Though it can be incredibly hard to even believe there is one at the time we're going through a particularly rough struggle, look back over some of the biggest challenges you've faced in your life. Though they may have seemed harrowing at the time, did they lead you become a stronger person? Maybe they taught you not to panic, but instead to think outside the box and find creative solutions that you might otherwise never have considered? Though rough patches are certainly no fun, in hindsight, we may be surprised to realize that those are the times in our lives we actually did the most growing as people.
So the next time you're faced with the worst that life has to offer, don't be afraid to feel exactly what you're feeling, but keep in mind that not only will the hard times pass, it's our ability to get up and try again that will ensure that there will be brighter days to come.