is impressive to see a person who has been battered by
life in many ways, who is torn by a variety of unsolved
problems, who may be alienated from many aspects of the
self--but who is still fighting, still struggling, still
striving to find the path to a fulfilling existence, moved
by the wisdom of knowing, "I am more than my
Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
could do nothing without my problems; they toughen my mind.
In fact, I tell my assistants not to bring me their successes for
they weaken me, but rather to bring me their problems, for they
strengthen me. -Charles Franklin
question isn't whether you have problems; the all-important factor is your
attitude toward problems. How you think of the problem is more important
than the problem itself. -Norman
because you have mountains of problem in your hands to solve. Always
smile because each problems will someday resolve.
There was a
time when I thought it was a nuisance to be confronted with a problem. I
tried to get rid of it. I tried to get somebody else to solve it for me.
But that time was long ago. It was a great day in my life when I
discovered the wonderful purpose of problems. Yes, they have a wonderful
purpose. Some people wish for a life of no problems, but I would
never wish such a life for any of you. What I wish for you is the
great inner strength to solve your problems meaningfully and grow.
Problems are learning and growing experiences. A life without
problems would be a barren existence, without the opportunity for
spiritual growth. -Peace
Troubles are often the tools
by which God fashions us for better things.
Problems are only
opportunities with thorns on them. -Hugh
What a pity human beings
can't exchange problems. Everyone knows exactly how to solve the
other person's. -Olin Miller
A problem is a chance for
you to do your best. -Duke Ellington
Every problem has in it the
seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't
get any seeds. -Norman
It is a common experience
that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the
committee of sleep has worked on it. -John
Problems are not problems at
all, but results that are dissatisfying. -Jerry
The problem is not that
there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking
that having problems is a problem. -Theodore
Our ignorance can be divided
into problems and mysteries. When we face a problem, we may not know its
solution, but we have insight, increasing knowledge, and an inkling of
what we are looking for. When we face a mystery, however, we can only
stare in wonder and bewilderment, not knowing what an explanation would
even look like. -Noam Chomsky
Trouble is a part of your
life, and if you don't share it, you don't give the person who loves you
enough chance to love you enough. -Dinah
We say that we cannot bear
our troubles but when we get to them we bear them.
-Ning Lao T'ai-t'ai
If I had a formula for
bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a
capacity to handle it. I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating
it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of
it and had better be on speaking terms with
it. -Oliver Wendell Holmes
you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is
on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is
you hear anyone talking about a cultural or even about a human
problem, you should never forget to inquire who the speaker really
is. The more general the problem, the more the person will
smuggle his or her own personal psychology into the account he or
she gives of it. -Carl
may be difficulty at the moment, but I will not lose the Virtue
that I possess.It
is when the ice and snow are on them that we see the strength of
the cypress and the pine.I
am grateful for this trouble around me, because it gives me an
opportunity to realize how fortunate I
who fume at their problems become their
victims. -David Seabury
must seek out problems and convert them to challenges!
We must welcome problems with arms open. Embrace
them because this can well be some of the finest parts of
living. Many older people look back on the years
they spent wondering how they would meet the expenses of
raising a family, coping with the problems, the
illnesses--in some instances the vexations of their
children--they look back now and think, "those were
the most developmental, the most rewarding, the most
wonderful years of my life. If I could only have
recognized it then."
What they're saying, in effect, is that
they should have welcomed problems. Encountering a
steady stream of problems day after day made their lives
warm and meaningful. It gave them confidence.
It helped insure that their later years would be years of
serenity. Welcome problems, reach out for them,
charge into them and convert them in your mind immediately
to challenges. The negative way to look at a problem
is to think of it as a problem. Search it out,
isolate it as a problem, then in your mind convert it to a
challenge, determine the steps that you will need to
surmount it just as the pole vaulter needs to first
determine steps and then work at it. Only in this
way do you develop the skill, the coordination, the mind,
the muscle and the confidence to really get it done.
Joe D. Batten and Leonard C. Hudson
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Don't hope for a life without
problems. An easy life results in a judgmental and lazy
mind. -Kyong Ho
Those who in this
world have the courage to try and solve in their own lives new
problems of life, are the ones who raise society to
When a child encounters
something he or she does not want, that child has all kinds of
maneuvers to avoid it, such as crying, hiding, or fighting. . .
Unless we are taught to face our problems directly and work
through them, the pattern of avoidance will be repeated; it can be
a natural, accepted way to act. -Turthang
Often a successful
problem-solver is one who creates a new context in which to view
the problem. This can often be done by directing one's
attention away from the distracting details of the difficulty.
From a detached perspective, we may examine the situation in a new
or different light and, after exploring information and options,
choose an appropriate course of action. -John
Marks Templeton, Worldwide
Laws of Life
I have found that the greatest help in
meeting any problem with decency and self-respect and whatever
courage is demanded is to know where you yourself stand.
That is to have in words what you believe and are acting from.
No matter how big and tough a
problem may be, get rid of confusion by taking one little step
towards solution. -George F.
Life is a series of problems.
Do we want to moan about them or solve them?
Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between
success and failure. Problems call forth our courage and our
wisdom; indeed, they create our courage and our wisdom.
We have the means and
capacity to deal with our problems if only we can find the
will. -Kofi Annan
The future will present
insurmountable problems--only when we consider them
insurmountable. -Thomas S. Monson, Pathways
We are more than our
problems. Even if our problem is our own behavior, the
problem is not who we are--it's what we did. It's okay to
have problems. It's okay to talk about problems--at
appropriate times, and with safe people. It's okay to solve
problems. And we're okay, even when we have, or someone we
love has a problem. We don't have to forfeit our personal
power or our self-esteem. We have solved exactly the
problems we've needed to solve to become who we
Beattie, The Language of Letting Go
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