You’ve heard the famous quote: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” We all know what it means, and most likely all agree that it is true.
True, doesn’t necessarily mean real for you though. It’s only real for you if you apply it when it’s tough to… when things are hard.
Life on earth teaches us that things are supposed to be hard
Life Grows Through Struggle
From the moment of birth, we arrive amidst ecstasy and agony. The cry of the newborn and the tears of the mother reveal this mysterious everyday miracle of life at work.
And so it goes, all the days of our lives. Our birth informs us that it’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to be wonderful, beautiful, full of love and laughter, tears and pain… and even miraculous.
Life is supposed to be beautiful and ugly, peaceful and tumultuous… loving and fierce. Consider the gentle grace and beauty of the leopard licking her cub and then hunting prey for dinner. Reflect on the majesty of thunderstorms and the horror of hurricanes.
Any parent knows that the laughter and happy screams of children can often sound like crying out in pain. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the two are so closely aligned, for again, that is how it all starts for us.
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
~Joseph P. Kennedy, father of John F. Kennedy, 1888-1969
Life Grows Through Love
What makes the struggles bearable?
Love. When the going gets tough it is love that pulls us through, it is love that causes us to keep on going even when it’s unbearably hard.
It’s because of love that we suffer and because of love that we persevere.
It’s love that brought us here and love that sees us through. Our greatest pains and greatest joys come from those closest to us, for they matter most.
Put Purpose to Work
As you are creating the life you want to live, or the business you want to build, you will inevitably encounter roadblocks and challenges, struggles and setbacks. One of the best tools you can employ to help you when the going gets tough is the power of purpose.
For whatever goal you set, ask yourself: What is my purpose in doing this, and do I love it?
If you do not yet love it, but this thing is purposeful and/or helps you get closer to your purpose goal, then it’s still right on track.
Any goal imbued with purpose and love is powerful. That does’t mean it’s going to be easier. In fact, it may not be. For as with the childbirth analogy, often, the greatest things extract the greatest effort.
If you love what you’re doing and it’s connected to your purpose, sensed or realized, that focus on purpose will give you the staying power to keep on going, even when the going gets tough.
Set your course toward Purpose, and let Love steer.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com®
Comments from the Community
“It is difficult to think rationally and remind ourselves that suffering ebbs and flows with life. It provides a much-needed contrast to those joyous moments, allowing us to cherish the blessings we experience. We could never appreciate the good without the bad.
To me, suffering is a signal that we need to make a change to the path we are walking, our self-defined purpose or our current situation. Recognizing the truth of our suffering is ultimately the path to end our suffering; if we are not willing to recognize the cause, we will continue to suffer. Gratitude, even for the chance to know suffering, will heal the heart and clear the mind.“
~Joshua Roberson, fantasy fiction author
Joel Compton contributed this perfectly poignant quote in the iCreateDaily for Creators Facebook group:
“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what the storm is all about. Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
~Haruki Murakami, Japanese author, born-Jan.12, 1949
Leverage of a Heavy Load
Benjamin Hardy wanted to be a professional writer but could never find his traction.
After adopting three wonderful foster children, however, he found all the motivation he could ever need. In this talk, Benjamin shares how he learned to turn difficult situations into profound meaning and progress.
Please give yourself 10 minutes to be uplifted and refreshed amidst any burdens in your day.
Yes, you will have to work hard. But… aren’t your dreams worth it?
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com®
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