Life can be really rocky. It has it’s ups and downs. Whenever we’re experiencing the highs, it’s as though we’re flying without wings; we don’t need any support. We just go with the flow, drinking in all that life has to offer. But whenever we’re suffering the lows, we need all the support we can get.
Sometimes, a helping hand is offered from our families and friends. They help us up when we’re down, and encourage us to get through sticky patches. They give us tips and pointers, financial backing and a shelter.
But sometimes when we’re down, it can take something as simple as a wise saying to help us get back on the horse. Let’s take a look at 10 powerful wisdom sayings from around the world that help us whenever things are falling apart.
“True strength is keeping everything together when everyone expects you to fall apart”
Sometimes, there are people all around us who expect us to fall apart. Perhaps we’ve lost our house, our car, or a job. You can really sense others looking at us – friend or foe – for a reaction. Even the friendliest of face expects us to fall apart. They might not want you to fall apart, but they know this is how you roll.
True strength really does lie in keeping everything together despite others expecting you to crumble. It’s about having the strength of mind to hold your nerve, keep calm and rational, and overcome your obstacles. Don’t give your audience a show; let them buy a ticket to watch someone else.
“Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.”
– Maggie Kuhn, Social Activist
If you’ve ever been in a situation where everything around you seems to be falling apart, from justice to morality, social housing to the welfare system, you need to keep your head and be prepared to speak your mind.
Speak out against injustice if you witness it. Don’t worry that your voice might shake; people need to hear you. They’re relying on YOU to keep your head amid the madness that is swirling around you.
“Be strong now because things will get better. It might be stormy now but it can’t rain forever.”
To compliment this quote, there is a magical moment in the movie True Romance, when Patricia Arquette’s character says that “sometimes life goes this way; but remember, it also goes the other way, too.”
Life does seem stormy at times; but storms never last. They’re interludes. They arrive with force, but eventually they pass. Rather than surrender everything you have, from your sanity to your principles during stormy moments, you should work had to keep things together. Eventually, the stormy period will pass and you’ll be ready to make the most of the sunnier moments.
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
– Amy Walker
How many times have you surrendered power to someone? You probably didn’t realise that you actually had any in the first place?
Surrendering power is what can cause avalanches. You give something up, and it can cause a chain reaction of events that can cause you to fall to the bottom. Power is everything, and you need to keep hold of what you’ve got. Don’t give in to people’s demands. Don’t be persuaded by their rhetoric but keep hold of what you know is yours by right. If someone wants you to do something you know you don’t want to do, don’t do it.
“Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.”
– Edgar Allan Poe
It might sound strange to say it, but sometimes we have to embrace our suffering. Suffering is what builds character and sharpens our life experiences. As long as we learn lessons from our darker moments, we can grow and become much stronger as people.
“What we perceive as a failure may simply be our inner being’s way of telling us that we are ready to move to a new level of growth.”
– Anne Wilson Schaef
Lots of people think failure is the same as game over; after all, you’ve failed at something, so obviously you’re not very good at it!
But failure is not the end; far from it. Failure is life giving you the chance to learn from your mistakes; it’s giving you the chance to grow and do better next time. It’s putting the spotlight on your errors, and showing you where you went wrong. The more you fail, the more you can grow. If you never fail at something, how are you really learning?
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
– Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali had a great vision of himself as the world champion, and it is this vision that drove him to be a success. He kept this vision with himself as he underwent arduous training regimes in preparation for fights.
He hated training, but he did it because he kept thinking about the end goal.
He hated jogging at 3am in the morning, but he did it because he kept thinking about the end goal.
When things are tough, you need to keep your vision in your mind at all times. If you don’t have a vision, get one as soon as possible. It is this that will drive you through the rough stuff.
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”
– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Yes, today is mighty rubbish and you’re having a hard time of it. But unless you work hard today and get through it, tomorrow will be even worse. Focus on your present, but keep an eye on your future at all times. Lay the foundations for a successful tomorrow that is productive and life-enhancing.
“If the road is easy, you’re likely going the wrong way.”
– Terry Goodkind
Life really isn’t meant to be a breeze. If it is, you’re definitely doing it wrong. People who have an absolute ball every single minute really aren’t getting the most out of life; they’re only seeing one side of things, and it’s often a very superficial side.
The strongest, most successful people experience setbacks and failures; they witness and experience suffering, all of which hardens their resolve, builds their character and fills them with desire to succeed.
“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plough your anger and your energy into something positive.”
– Lee Iacocca
When things are falling apart, the last thing you should do is give up the ghost and let life swamp you. Instead, you should work hard to keep busy and try to change your life.