Do not learn more than you absolutely need to get through life.
~ Karl Kraus
People are good enough to get through life, poor enough to make predictable and consequential mistakes.
If you are like most people then you will probably have a traumatic (starting over) event occur in your life. You may lose a job, lose a business, lose your life's savings, lose a partner, lose a close friend, lose a child, lose your home, lose your health, or lose the health of someone you depend upon. This list of starting over events could go on for pages. Remarkably, there are some people who get through life without any significant losses, but these people are few in number. The normal state of your world is that you will probably have a starting over event or a loss, perhaps a tragic loss, that will seemingly change everything in our world. Although the world still spins on its axis, causing the sun to rise in the east and set in the west�although everything in the world might seem normal to everyone else�your world may be radically changed when a starting over event or a loss occurs. When a loss occurs in your life, remember that Jesus is always with you. He surrounds you with His love night and day. He immerses you in His love and He will never let you fall from His care.
~ posted at one of Shepherd's Care Ministries Sites called Wisdom Moment
YOU HAVE TALENTS, and you DO have troubles in your life, you just have to stick with it and ride them out. You can only expect to get through life as smoothly as possible and with as few mistakes as you can manage. Remember: if it's not killing you, it's making you stronger. Learn what you can, use what you will, but love each other nonetheless.
"My aim is to get through life unnoticed."
As a youth, I hated myself for not being good enough. All my inadequacies and failures, not being kind enough, generous or understanding enough, would assail me at night. It became a habit to be guilty and self castigating, not liking myself because I was unworthy... I really tortured myself.
~ Mira Sorvino
I had enormous self-image problems and very low self-esteem, which I hid behind obsessive writing and performing. It's exactly what I do now, except I enjoy it now. I'm not driven like I was in my twenties. I was driven to get through life very quickly.
The Truth of Wasting Youth
"Close your eyes. Look at what you have become. Imagine that from the moment you could speak you began to loose your innocence and thus started to realize what the world is all about. Now forget your past and leave behind injustice and the things that have fashioned it. Leave behind the people who get through life by stating a false existence and and possessing a dishonest facade. Now tell me, who remains standing? But you cannot do this. You cannot focus entirely because your innocence has left you from the moment you could speak. There are so many people today who listen to nonsense in the media and try to pass it off as something intelligent. When they are confronted and contradicted they hide and don't want to admit that they themselves have been living in the mire of lies. So many people, living in fear, behind guns, amongst and within stupidity, and running away from the truth. But you can change so much!! Remember: "If you know the truth, the truth shall set you free." (John, 8:32) What will arguments and politics mean in the end? You must be resolute, you must end the falsehoods and face what is "the truth." You must face everyday life and the injustice that surrounds you. Free your mind and aboveall, yourself." - Wasting Youth
~Wadren Hemzol (1983- )
By Rebecca Berry
Looking deep into your beautiful eyes,
I see something, it takes me by surprise.
Sparkling like a glass of wine,
I find your eyes looking right at mine.
I'm shocked,but I don't look away,
And I'm hoping like crazy that you'll stay.
My prayer answered, you do not move,
there's nothing that I have to prove.
You reach across and take my hand,
my feet now firmly in the sand.
I no longer stumble and fall,
and at last I can stand proud and tall.
No more am I lost, I remember my place;
and once again my life is filled with grace.
Your arms are strong, they are my guide.
You hold my hand, you're by my side.
You come to me when danger is near,
and your smile takes away all my fears.
With your help, I can get through life,
by taking away my pain and strife.
I cannot do it on my own,
without you here, I'm all alone.
At any time you could fly away,
but you rest your wings, and here you stay.
"You just can't get through life without a sense of humor these days," she said one day, adding, "The most awful things can be really funny. You have to be able to laugh or it gets too depressing." Margo Kaufman, the American humorist, learnt in 1989 that she had breast cancer.
(it took her life at the age of 46)
Jesus said, "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). On the same occasion, he said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you" (John 14:27). Throughout his life and ministry he spoke of peace, and when he came forth from the tomb and appeared unto his disciples, his first greeting was, "Peace be unto you" (John 20:19).
Peace on lips and in heart of Savior
But Jesus was not spared grief and pain and anguish and buffeting. No tongue can speak the unutterable burden he carried, nor have we the wisdom to understand the prophet Isaiah's description of him as "a man of sorrows" (Isaiah 53:3). His ship was tossed most of his life, and, at least to mortal eyes, it crashed fatally on the rocky coast of Calvary. We are asked not to look on life with mortal eyes; with spiritual vision we know something quite different was happening upon the cross.
Peace was on the lips and in the heart of the Savior no matter how fiercely the tempest was raging. May it so be with us-in our own hearts, in our own homes, in our nations of the world, and even in the buffetings faced from time to time by the Church. We should not expect to get through life individually or collectively without some opposition.
One of the wisest of the ancient Romans once spoke a great gospel truth and probably never realized he had done so. Speaking of Roman naval power and the absolute imperative to control the oceans, Cicero said to a military aide, "He who commands the sea has command of everything." (See W. Gurney Benham, Putnam's Complete Book of Quotations [New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1926], p. 505.) Of that I so testify.
'Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea or demons or men or whatever it be, no waters can swallow the ship where lies the Master of ocean and earth and skies. They all shall sweetly obey [his] will. Peace, be still!"