It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Chapter 11, Page 28, Book 17

Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey.

 Roy T. Bennett

November 28th

Today I’m thankful for Challenges

Perspective is everything when you are experiencing the challenges of life. 

Joni Eareckson Tada

Without challenges in life, we wouldn’t be the people we are now. We don't grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges.

We should focus on solutions rather than situations. When we focus on our problems, we give them strength and feed their growth, our problems take us where they want us to go.  Often what wears us down most is not the actual problem, but the constant thinking about it.

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.

Helen Keller

When we focus on solutions, our lives are more productive because our goal is to exhaust all our options. This change in perspective causes us to see a glass that is half full.

Challenging circumstances serve the purpose of teaching us how to enjoy the moment and we are more inclined to seize new opportunities. 

If you so choose, the challenges can make you stronger. If you so choose, the disappointments can make you more determined. 

Ralph Marston


Blogoratti said...

Really admirable thoughts indeed, and thank you for sharing.

betty said...

So true to focus on solutions rather than exclusively on the challenge. It is facing challenges and working through them that we often grow the most.


Chatty Crone said...

I know what you say is true - but kind of in a mood I am tired of being challenged for awhile! lol sandie

Buttercup said...

Thanks for a good reminder. I'm thankful -- after your reminder -- for not being well. I will more appreciate all the days I do feel well. I'm also grateful for slowing down and posting and blog visiting.

Mevely317 said...

This immediately reminded me of something another blog friend shared recently. I hope you like it, as well.

".....the course of my day changed with her message.

The question:  What are you thankful for?  The caller responded how she had been in an accident a few years ago.  She sustained head injuries and lost some memory. 

'I’m thankful for the accident.  I can’t remember the details of a hurtful time in my past so instead of rehearsing old wounds, I now spend more time praising God for saving my life.  I’m not bitter anymore.'"

jack69 said...

I did like the rearview mirror graphic VERY MUCH. A very timely post also.
Love from Florida!

I also liked Mev's comment!


focusing on problems rather than solutions is worrisome. "We should focus on solutions rather than situations."