Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Robert H Schuller
I cannot emphasize enough on how true this statement is. They are undoubtedly the most relevant words said, which has the ability to resonate with everyone who ever comes across these words. It is like a common thread that binds us all.
Although there is one difference, and a significant one at that. The difference being in our thinking. We all have a different definition of what we would declare as a “tough time”. It is a construct of our own minds. Be that as it may, none of us are wrong and none of us are right. Because all there is, is our perception.
Coming back to the original point, tough times. How do you know you are going through or been through a phase you would call tough time? It is when we feel there is no clear solution, when we cant see the paths to our destination to an extent that we doubt if the destination exists anymore and especially when we compare it with someone else or even to our own good old days thinking why cant we go back to the merrier times and hopefully stay there for as long as we want to? Truth is, as we all already know, we cant.
Tough times are like those waves you feel when you stand at a sea-shore. No two waves are equal even in the entirety of time despite Time in itself being infinite in its own construct.
Ask the surfer who will tell you how each wave is a new challenge and just as unpredictable as the previous or even the next one. All they know is, they have to be prepared for it when it comes. They are, however, sure of one thing. They know they will become a better surfer with each new wave.
And that is precisely how the tough times are. It is also unpredictable like the previous or the next one. As long as you are alive, there is always a next one. Just like the waves. And just like the surfer, you can always be sure of one thing. Each of those tough times we face and successfully cross, only makes us stronger and better prepared for the next one. Over the time, tough times gradually seem to have minimal effect.
That is not because that the tough times are over, it is because we learned to deal with it. It is because the strength we accumulated over time, slowly and steadily, is sufficient to deal with, which may sometimes make tough times look not so tough.
If that is not how are you feeling, you are probably still on the way. Everyone eventually gets there. Tough times makes people tough along with them and that is why Tough times do not last, but tough people do. The secret ingredient as they say, is to never give up.