Hard times

by Rod Smith

The challenge of facing hard times is not to make the  times harder for others. A skillful person is careful not to contaminate others with his or her difficulties. It’s probably possible to lighten another’s load despite the difficulties you are facing. 

The challenge of facing hard times is to learn new things about yourself in the midst of your challenges. Hurdles and roadblocks expose our weaknesses and our strengths. Focusing on weaknesses is a waste of energy. Highlighting your strengths will bring you hope. 

The challenge of facing hard times is to do what you can to acquire new skills to empower yourself for when things become easier. It is possible to emerge from the difficult times more empowered to face the future.

The challenge of facing hard times is to not allow the difficulties to drag you into memories and the anxieties of former tough times. This leads to deeper despair. Such thinking can spiral a person into a place of almost impossible hopelessness.

The challenge of facing hard times is to remember what you’re really good at and to be reminded that none of that has changed. You’re still good at these things and these skills and qualities will carry you into the future when things ease up.

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