Often in life, the most challenging experiences are also the most rewarding ones. If you and your family are going through a rough patch, just remember that as long as you have the right attitude, the experience will bring everyone closer together in the end. To help get you establish the right head-space, here are some inspirational quotes from important figures, all of who offer a many great perspectives on difficult situations.
“Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll
In family life – and in all areas of life, – attitude changes everything. Knowing that your attitude has a huge impact on your circumstances can have a huge impact on your thoughts and actions. Think about preacher Charles R. “Chuck” Swindoll’s advice next time you feel like you’re in a difficult circumstance that you don’t think you deserve.
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – M.K. Gandhi (apocryphal)
Gandhi, of course, was talking about making large-scale changes to the way the world works, but his advice applies perfectly to family unit as well. Instead of waiting for circumstances or for other people to change, you can take the first step yourself by “being the change” you want to see in your family.
“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words greatly complement the quote from Gandhi. When you are “being the change,” remember that this change is based on actions more than words, since actions speak far more powerfully than words. So, don’t just talk about changes you want to see in your family; demonstrate them through your actions in order to create real change.
“If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
How do you treat your family members? Does this treatment bring out the best in them or the worst in them? German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s advice works especially well with kids. If you treat them as immature, then that’s probably how they will act. But if you treat them in the way that you want them to act, you’ll be surprised at the results.
“That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
German philosopher Friedrich Nietzche offers a great final quote on this subject. Remember that everything difficult builds strength. If you feel like you’re suffering, you can look forward to the increased closeness and strength that your family will experience when the difficult circumstances are all over. Sometimes putting yourself in the right mindset can make all the difference. Your attitude changes your actions, and your actions change the world, so keep your attitude in mind next time you’re dealing with a circumstance that you’d rather not deal with.