We all need a pick-me-up sometimes. Whether it’s because of a downright rough time or a day that’s a little off-center, we can all go for a little uplifting something-or-other every now and then. (Or in my case, every other day. I’m fragile.)
This spring has been especially hard on many people in the agricultural community. Wildfires in the south and southwest, flooding and tornadoes in the south and southeast, and unhealthy amounts of rain in the midwest have made for a very turbulent spring nationwide. It’s up to us as neighbors (both literally and in a more metaphorical e-neighbor sense) to help each other stand up, brush off, and move on. Trust me, I know all about leaning hard on your friends. I’d be lost without my mish-mashed community of support. So, as an experienced student of the School of Hard Knocks, I am happy to offer some sunshine.
I love quotes. A good quote can help turn a negative situation around, or at least give it perspective. Here are some of my favorites:
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill
(That Winston Churchill…he was a smart guy. Did you know he helped invent the modern-day tank? Did you also know that in The King’s Speech he’s played by the same actor that plays Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter series? Nifty, huh?)
“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Harriet Beecher Stowe was another smart cookie. If you ever have the time, read Uncle Tom’s Cabin.)
“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.” — Randy Pausch
“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” — Randy Pausch
“It’s not how hard you hit. It’s how hard you get hit…and keep moving forward.” — Randy Pausch
(I could fill a whole book with Randy Pausch quotes that I love. Actually, I own a book of Randy Pausch quotes. It’s his book, The Last Lecture. No other book has ever touched me as profoundly as this one. Read it. Make time for it. It’s an easy read and worth your attention. I promise.)
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.” – Tom Hanks as Jim Dugan in A League of Their Own
“The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
I could go on for hours. I’ll stop for now, because I can’t think of anymore off the top of my head and I don’t want to get overboard sharing my motivational awesomeness.
The fact is, life gets hard sometimes. Sometimes, life is consistently hard for a while. Sometimes we come to walls we can’t climb over, obstacles we can’t conquer, and inconveniences we can’t shake. And when that happens, we need something and someone to help us stare down those hardships. We can’t do it all alone. So, when life takes you down an unexpectedly-rough road, remember these quotes. They’ve helped me in my times of need.
In fact, they helped me today. I was having a pretty shabby day; it’s a trend lately. (I have this unrealistic pipe dream that I’ll graduate from college and my life will somehow become unspeakably easier.) Writing this post, with the intent of helping others, has brought me around to a better mood and better outlook.
Here’s hoping it does the same for others.