June 4, 2017 Youth Impact

When the going gets tough, The tough get going!

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“LIFE is a mosaic of pleasure and pain – grief is an interval between two moments of joy. Peace is the interlude between two wars. You have no rose without a thorn; the diligent picker will avoid the pricks and gather the flower. There is no bee without the sting; cleverness consists in gathering the honey nevertheless.”
~ Sathya Baba ~

Life is like a kaleidoscope, a unique fusion of happiness and sorrow; an intricate mosaic of pleasure and pain, neither all grey nor all blue. Life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows but rather a beautiful blending of light and dark. Human existence is comprised of an interweaving web of joy and despair; a web from which we cannot escape. Some days it might bless you with heights of euphoria and some days it might beat you to your knees and at that time what you have to remember is that man is a passable mixture of middling qualities and honest failings. It’s all about how strong you stand not how hard fall, how much you can endure and keep moving and how resilient you emerge out of suffering. That is why when the going gets tough, the tough get going! They are the ones who realize that:

“No pressure, no diamonds.”

-Thomas Carlyle

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Tough times don’t last; it is our attitude towards them that lasts forever. Everyone has a choice to either get defined by their afflictions or get refined by them. It’s all about how you perceive your experience. You can either empower yourself from your sufferings and stand tall like a true survivor or feel sorry for yourself and stay struck in self-pity. There is only one person who can decide that, either the hardships will destruct you or construct you, and that person is YOU!

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When life gets tough, tough people arise and stand dauntlessly in the face of adversities. Strong people never let the hardships torment their souls; rather they feel pain, accept it, learn from it and fight through it. They understand that greater the mountain is, more is the joy and glory in surmounting it. They take a short break, muster up courage, dust themselves off, turn their experience into wisdom and get back to life to fight like never before. Tough people take their setbacks as blessings because they believe that every struggle in life is to shape them into an incredible person. Strongest of people are those who: “let perseverance be their engine and hope their fuel” (-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.) because they know that:

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self, so therefore, trust the physician and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility.”

– Khalil Gibran

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Tests of life are to judge the stance of man. Anyone can successfully live an easy life with no big obstacles to pass and neck-breaking setbacks to overcome, but it takes a tough person to patiently bear the worst of nightmares becoming true. Only men of strength hold the integrity of surpassing life-challenges with chins up and heads high.


“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tough people know that even the worst of our days have only 24 hours and the hauling night has never won in defeating the breaking dawn. They hold a firm belief that this too shall pass, paving up the road to an extraordinary destiny.

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Winners never quit and quitters never win so the essence of life lies in the realization of the fact that every human is an epitome of myriad wonders who can triumph over hardships and bear unimaginable tragedies with such valor and glory that makes the universe struck in awe!

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

(Christopher Robin to Pooh – A.A.Milne) 

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-Mahnoor Tariq