Wise Words



“Difficulties are opportunities to better things; they are stepping stones to greater experience.  Perhaps someday you will be thankful for some temporary failure in a particular direction.  When one door closes, another always opens.”  ~ Brian Adams 

“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands.  We seek out problems because we need their gifts.”  ~ Richard Bach 

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”  ~ Joseph Campbell 

“We’d never know how high we are ’till we are called to rise; and then, if we are true to plan, our statures touch the sky.” ~ Emily Dickinson 

“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.” ~ Isak Dinesen

“What is to give light must endure burning.”  ~ Viktor Frankl

“Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.” ~ Billy Graham 

“Adversity is like a strong wind.  It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.” ~ Arthur Golden 

“Looking back we see with great clarity, and what once appeared as difficulties now reveal themselves as blessings.”  ~

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”  ~ Napoleon Hill

“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. ~ Peter Marshall 

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”  ~ Bernice Johnson Reagon

“One cannot get through life without pain.  What we can do is choose how to use the pain life presents to us.” ~ Bernie. S. Siegel, M.D.

“Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away hunger.” ~ St. Basil

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them.  Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.”  ~ Rabindranath Tagore

“Obstacles come to instruct, not obstruct.”  ~ Brian Tracy

“The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.” ~ Unknown

“Do not fear the winds of adversity.  Remember:  a kite rises against the wind rather than with it.”  ~ Unknown

“We grow through adversity.  We need not seek it out; we can all look back at moments when our lives were in utter chaos, desolation and despair.  Growth comes when we respond to adversity by stretching just an edge beyond our talent and experience.”~ Dr. Robert D. Wald 


“To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.”  ~ Kofi Annan 

“Every person, all the events of your life, are there because you have drawn them there.  What you choose to do with them is up to you.  ~ Richard Bach 

We can become bitter or better as a result of our experiences.”  ~ Eric Butterworth 

“Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”  ~ Stephen R. Covey 

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”  ~ Joanne
Kathleen Rowling 


“Come to the edge.
No, we will fall.
Come to the edge.
No, we will fall.
They came to the edge.
He pushed them, and they flew.”  ~ Apollinaire 

“Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of faith is to see what we believe.”  ~ St. Augustine

“Surrender control to the supreme wisdom and authority of God and to the Divine in your soul.  Step into the void with courage.  Learn to say, “I don’t know.”  That’s not blind faith.  It’s pure faith that will allow God and your spirit to lead you wherever your soul wants and needs to go.” ~ Melody Beattie 

“Faith is not something to grasp.  It is a state to grow into.” ~ Gandhi 

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.~ Martin Luther King, Jr. 

“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly”  ~ Patrick Overton 

“Faith is like love:  it cannot be forced.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer 

“Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.” ~ Rabindranath

“Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservations.” 
~ Elton Trueblood

“Vision looks upward and becomes faith.”  ~Stephen S. Wise 

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” 
~ Melody Beattie 

“There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy.” ~ Ralph H. Blum 

“If the only prayer you say in your whole life is thank you, that would suffice.” 
~ Meister Eckhart 

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” ~ Johannes A. Gaertner 

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” ~ Lionel Hampton 

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~ J.F. Kennedy 

“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.”
~ Rabbi Harold Kushner

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” ~ Massieu 

“Gratitude is the intention to count-your-blessings every day, every minute, while avoiding, whenever possible, the belief that you need or deserve different circumstances.” ~ Timothy Miller

“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.”  ~ Brother David Steindl-Rast 

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward

Grief & Loss

“As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here.”  ~ Mitch Albom 

“Mourning is not forgetting…  It is an undoing.  Every minute tie has to be untied and something permanent and valuable recovered and assimilated from the dust.”
~ Margery Allingham 

“Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight!” ~ Marcus Aurelius

“Everyone at some point will suffer a loss – the loss of loved ones, good health, a job.  It’s your desert experience – a time of feeling barren of options, even hope.  The important thing is not to allow yourself to be stranded in the desert.” ~ Patrick Del Zoppo 

“Grief is a journey, often perilous and without clear direction, that must be taken.  The experience of grieving cannot be ordered or categorized, hurried or controlled, pushed aside or ignored indefinitely.  It is inevitable as breathing, as change, as love.  It may be postponed, but it will not be denied. ~ Molly Fumia

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and in truth you shall see that you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~ Kahlil Gibran 

“Sorrow comes to all… Perfect relief is not possible, except with time.  You cannot now realize that you will ever feel better… and yet… you are sure to be happy again.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“When our spirit tells us it is time to weep, we should weep.  It is part of the ritual, if you will, of putting sadness in perspective and gaining control of the situation. . . . Grief has a purpose.  Grieving does not mean you are weak  It is the first step toward regaining balance and strength.  Grieving is part of the tempering process. 
~ Joseph M. Marshall III 

“To find a safe journey through grief to growth does not mean one should forget the past.  It means that on the journey we will need safe pathways so that remembrance, which may be painful, is possible. ~ Donna O’Toole

“Every great loss demands that we choose life again.  We need to grieve in order to do this.  The pain we have not grieved over will always stand between us and life.  When we don’t grieve, a part of us becomes caught in the past like Lot’s wife who,
because she looked back, was turned into a pillar of salt.  Grieving is not about forgetting.  Grieving allows us to heal, to remember with love rather than pain.  It is a sorting process.  One by one you let go of the things that are gone and you mourn
for them.  One by one you take hold of the things that have become a part of who you are and build again.  ~ Rachel Naomi Remen 
“Three things are fundamental to an understanding of mourning.  First, each loss launches us on an inescapable course through grief.  Second, each loss revives all past losses.  Third, each loss, if fully mourned, can be a vehicle for growth and regeneration.  ~ Vamik D. Volkan, MD



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