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When Bad Things Happen

The price of progress is trouble.
Charles Kettering

Trouble is a part of life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.
Dinah Shore

There is no man in this world without some manner of tribulation or anguish, though he be king or pope.
Thomas à Kempis

Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.
Henry Kaiser

Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
Henry Ward Beecher

Handicaps

I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.
Helen Keller

My mother never let me use my deafness as an excuse. We had a positive environment, where if you fail, just try again.
Heather Whitestone

The truth is, I’m sort of lucky to have this body because it forced me to find my strength and beauty within.
Aimee Mullins, amputee

When I was young, my mother taught me never to feel sorry for myself, because handicaps are really things to be used.
Stevie Wonder

Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world – making the most of one’s best.
Harry Emerson Fosdick

The Adversity Advantage

All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
Walt Disney

A worldly loss often turns into spiritual gain.
Hazrat Khan

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

Adversity is the diamond dust heaven polishes its jewels with.
Robert Leighton

If those tough times hadn’t happened, who’s to say I’d be playing in the NFL. It really helped my determination, drive and character. Everybody has overcome something in their lives. It’s all about how you take those challenges and use them for the better.
Michael Lehan

The Adversity Advantage

Pain is only temporary. . . the benefits last forever.
Jack Canfield

You have to have faith that there is a reason you go through certain things. I can’t say I am glad to go through pain, but in a way one must, in order to gain courage and really feel joy.
Carol Burnett

Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity. Out of pain and problems have come the sweetest song, the most touching poems, the most gripping stories and inspiring lives.
Billy Graham

There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.
Fred Rogers

The real irony is this: some of the happiest, most joy-filled people I know are people who have been through some of the worst pain in the world. I don’t know exactly why that happens, but this is my guess: once we’re no longer afraid to feel any feeling that comes our way, we really do become happy, joyous and free.
Melody Beattie

Crisis

Great crises produce great men, and great deeds of courage.
John F. Kennedy

Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn’t make me stronger.
Lou Holtz

I believe that God gave us crises for some reason – and it certainly wasn’t for us to say that everything about them is bad. A crisis can be a momentous time for a team to grow.
Mike Krzyzewski

In crises the most daring course is often safest.
Henry Kissinger

In every crisis there is a message. Crises are nature’s way of forcing change – breaking down old structures, shaking loose negative habits so that something new and better can take their place.
Susan Taylor

The Adversity Advantage

Many a rich father wishes he knew how to give his sons the hardships that made him rich.
Robert Frost

I feel sorry for rich kids now because they’re never going to have the opportunity I had. I don’t think I could have done it if I hadn’t had the tough days to begin with.
Ben Hogan

Teaching consists of causing people to go into situations from which they cannot escape, except by thinking. Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.
Robert Heinlein

When I hear my friends say they hope their children don’t have to experience the hardships they went through – I don’t agree. Those hardships made us what we are. You can be disadvantaged in many ways, and one way may be not having had to struggle.
William Batten

If we spoon-feed our children healthy doses of enrichment, but don’t give them time to struggle, to be frustrated, and to fail, they are not likely to put their fledgling talents to full use down the road. They need the time and space to experiment, to be bored, to plan and rehearse their ideas and put them into action.
Dr. Paul Donahue

Luck

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have it you may be smart enough to see it is what you would have wanted had you known.
Garrison Keillor

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
Thomas Jefferson

Don’t count on luck to get you out of a tight spot.
Harvey Penick

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Darrell Royal

Luck means the hardships which you have not hesitated to endure; the long nights you have devoted to work. Luck means the appointments you have never failed to keep, the airplanes you never failed to catch.
Margaret Clement