WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, By Linda Hope Lee
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going." We've all heard these words of wisdom (according to Wikipedia attributed to Joseph P. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, and Knute Rockne), aimed to reassure us in times of trouble.
Other inspirational quotes you may be familiar with:
"Tough times never last, but tough people do," by Robert Schuller.
"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on," by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
"In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity," by Albert Einstein.
Here's one you may not have heard. This story comes from my friend, Celia, who volunteers in a nursing home.
"One of my favorite residents to visit is Hank," Celia said. "He recently celebrated his 102nd birthday. He's a friendly guy, always in good spirits, and loves to talk.
"On one visit, more to be conversational than anything else, I asked him, 'So, Hank, are you having a good life?'
"'Oh, yes,' he said with a big smile. Then he added, 'The first hundred years are the hardest.'
"Despite his serious tone, I had to laugh. Really? The first hundred years?
"When I got home I did some research, to see if maybe someone else had authored that bit of wisdom. Sure enough, the quote is credited to American playwright Wilson Mizner. But I think Hank should have some claim to it, having actually lived those first hundred years.
"Since then," Celia continued, "whenever I've been stressed or upset, I say to myself, 'Remember, the first hundred years are the hardest,' and, by golly, I feel better!"
Do you have a favorite inspirational quote that helps you through life's rough spots? If so, please share.