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struggle_for_existence No life is devoid of struggle. In fact, it is our struggle that makes us wiser, more grateful, and more appreciative of life. Our struggle gives us character. It gives us a story to tell.

It may be hard to see while we are in it, but if we are really aware, we realize no struggle comes without also bringing a blessing. These blessings sometimes come in the form of a “lesson learned.”

Every lesson teaches us something not just about ourselves but about life in general. True wisdom comes from the knowledge that every perceived “problem”, “challenge”, or “obstacle”, is ultimately making us a better and stronger person. Below are 10 inspirational quotes that can get you through any hardship.

Sometimes just the reassuring words from someone who has been there can help uplift and inspire us and help us remember that we’re not alone in this little play of life we have going on. By reading the words of others who have overcome their hard times, we see that other people have lived through tough times as well, which can give us hope about our own lives.

10 Inspirational Quotes to Remember When You Are Going Through a Struggle

1) “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” ~ Marilyn Monroe

Sometimes we are so hell bent on what we want to happen that we fail to realize that something better may be planned for us. If we see that the Universe is always leading us to things that will make us stronger, happier, and more evolved we will be less attached to the outcomes we had planned and instead hand over the reigns to a higher intelligence.

2) “We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.” -Carlos Castaneda

We can always choose to see circumstances in a different light. We are always telling ourselves a story about things, we can choose to make that story happy or we can choose to make it upsetting. By seeing ourselves as the hero of our story we can change our perspective of hardships from depressing to something that we will overcome without a doubt. By simply switching the way we see things we ultimately become happier and more confident in the face of adversities.
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3) “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” ~ Mandy Hale

We have to endure change, it is really the only thing that helps us grow as a human being. When life brings you to a point where you are forced to undergo a transformation either internally or externally, welcome it with open arms.

Life won’t bring you to anything that isn’t ultimately furthering your evolution in consciousness, so when change comes knocking on your door, see it as a sign that it’s time for you to mature and evolve as a person, and this is always a good thing.

4) “The things you take for granted, someone else is praying for.” ~ Unknown

Often we get so immersed in our own lives and our own problems that we don’t realize that our problems are probably minor compared to many others. By focusing on the things about our life that are going well, instead of only focusing on what is going “wrong”, we change our perspective to that of gratitude.

5) “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Without hardships we would never really get to be the hero of our story. Every hero needs a struggle to endure, otherwise how would we really see what we are made of? When problems arise, face them head on with a sense of complete confidence that any thing you have been challenged to go through, is showing you how strong and resilient you really are.

hardshipsimage36) “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The most massive characters are seared with scars.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

In order to know true redemption, happiness, and gratitude we must have lived a life that was void of these things at one time. When we come out of our darkest hours to the other side we see why everything happened the way it did. We also become that much more appreciative of life and even appreciate our struggles because they show us to be grateful for the small things.

7) “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~ Maya Angelou

No one has 100% complete control of their life. By flowing with life instead of fighting against it, we see that even though things happen that we did not plan for, we can choose to remain centered during these times of adversity. By handling things with grace we maintain a sense of inner peace even when the world around us seems to be trying to pull us into it’s storm.

8) “There is no education like adversity.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Nothing happens that isn’t meant to teach us something. Always look at the bigger picture. What is your circumstance teaching you about yourself or about life? Search for the lessons inside all of your circumstances.
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9) “Hardships make us strong. Problems give birth to wisdom. Sorrows cultivate compassion. Those who have suffered will become the happiest.” ~ Daisaku Ikeda

The extent to which we have suffered becomes the extent to which you are able to feel joy and happiness. The happiest and most grateful people are in fact the ones who have made it through the worst and toughest times. The more dire your circumstances, and the more hellish your reality, becomes directly proportionate to the amount of joy you feel when you are out of those situations.

10) “This too shall pass.” ~ Unknown

Nothing lasts forever. That is probably the most important thing we can remember when we are dealing with a struggle. Feelings and emotions come and go, and time eventually will heal all wounds.

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