Part of life is taking the good with the bad. But, we all know that bad can be REALLY bad. If you are going through tough times, take a moment to consider these following insights. They will help you navigate through your challenges by refocusing your thoughts to the ones that count.
Thoughts that count during life’s challenging times:
(1) Everything can and will change.
(2) You’ve overcome challenges before.
(3) It’s a learning experience.
(4) Not getting what you want can be a blessing.
(5) Allow yourself to have some fun.
(6) Being kind to yourself is the best medicine.
(7) Focus on what you have the power to control.
(8) Surround yourself with people who support you.
(9) Do something special for someone else.
And there is always, always, always, something to be thankful for.
Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Robert H. Schuller
Written by: Patricia K. Flanigan, Smart Strategies for Successful Living
Patricia K. Flanigan has worked in higher education for over 28 years. She holds a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne as well as a M.A. in Latin American Studies and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before retiring and moving to Idaho in 2015, she served as the dean of online education and learning resources at Saddleback College, a large community college in Southern California. She currently consults in higher education, volunteers for AARP, writes for a local magazine, and serves as an Affiliate Faculty member at Boise State University and a contributing member to LEARN Idaho. Since February 2017, she has been the founding director for Smart Strategies for Successful Living, a community-based website designed to promote quality aging. As an educator, her focus is to inspire others to live and age well.