Here's a good one:"Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.
When the great oak is straining in the wind, the boughs drink in new beauty
And the trunk sends down deeper root on the windward side.
Only the soul who knows the mighty grief can know the mighty rapture.
Sorrows come to stretch out spaces in the heart for joy."
--- Edwin Markham
"A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune."
Everyone has bad times in life. No one is immune from adversity. For some people, the adversity may come late in life and these people are devastated. For other people, bad times surround them at birth and adversity follows them for life. It is critical we all understand bad times fall on a person's life regardless of their race, creed, economic status, age, or origins. We must never expect the good times to roll on forever. We must never expect good times to come to us and stay forever. For if we expect the good times to roll on forever, we will be in shock when disaster strikes or bad times fall upon us. Our willingness to admit bad times do happen enables us to prepare our heart, mind, and soul in advance for what may come. Indeed, the person who prepares in advance today for the bad times in the future has a decided advantage when bad times fall. In addition, the person who prepares in advance for bad times has a greater sense of well-being and security during the good times because necessary preparations have been made. We must not delude ourselves into thinking everything will be comfy and cosy in the future. A construction manager in parts of the world where bad weather strikes should prepare in advance for bad weather conditions. A person who needs to fight traffic jams every day should prepare for they adverse traffic by leaving at an appropriate time. Knowing bad times may fall does not need to make us unhappy. Knowing and preparing in advance for adversity can give us a peace, happiness, and security no matter what happens to us in the future.
~ These words were posted at one of Shepherd's Care Ministries Sites
called Wisdom Momenthttp://www.findthepower.com/wisdomminute/WisdomMinuteBadTimes.htm
" Good times, become good memories
Bad times, become good lessons.
There's always something good that
Comes out of every life experience.
You can never lose, you can only gain from life."
--- Melanie, Age 18 --- Australia ...without trials, and hard times, we would never know the value of good times. Without adversity, we would never experience triumph. Without pain, we couldn't appreciate joy. http://www.wild-side.com/darksorrow/victims.html
[This message was edited on 08-01-03 at 08:12 PM.]