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Many of us struggle with the fact that life is all too often unpredictable. We spend days, weeks, months, and years planning out the perfect way we want everything in our lives to go.  Just when you think you have a grasp on how everything is going to work, it changes.  At some point in our lives, we all face times that are extra stressful or shake us to our very core. The question then comes, how do you handle this change? Sometimes, when you are feeling down and out, one thought, one idea can turn it all around for you. Some quotes just make so much sense at times. It’s as if they’ve been written for you. Such thoughts or mantras have the power to lift you out of misery by putting things in perspective. That’s because these insightful quotes come from the depths of experience and wisdom. They are from people who have been where we are now. Below, I have listed some helpful ways that may put a stop to the whirling chaos of thoughts in your mind and put you back on the path towards your goal.

  1. Lean on your friends and/or a good support network.
  2. Simplify your life. Now is the time to keep your life as simple as possible.
  3. Surround yourself with peace and quiet. Turn off anything that causes stress, like the news.
  4. Slow down. Often when we’re in turmoil, our minds are racing ten thousand miles ahead. Take the time to think things through.
  5. Keep in mind — this too shall pass.

We as humans tend to think problems will last forever. But they, like everything else, are only temporary.

I recently read that hard times in life can be compared to the video games we used to play as a child. Each stage gets more difficult as we progress, but in the later stages we evolve as a person with improved skill sets. Remember some of the bonus stages where the game became easier? We simply had the pleasure of collecting as many bonus points as possible. Life is like that sometimes also. It comes with similar difficult and easy moments that provide us with opportunities to learn, develop, and be joyful. It is a game designed by God himself for our spiritual and living growth.

All that is gold does not glitter
not all those who wander are lost
the old that is strong does not wither
deep roots are not reached by the frost
From the ashes a fire shall be woken
a light from the shadows shall spring
renewed shall be blade that was broken
the crown less again shall be king.

– J.R.R. Tolkien

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