For times of challenge…

Life can’t always be good. Let’s face it, sometimes it just downright sucks. But pain and suffering are part of everyone’s journey; nobody gets to take the detour.

When I find myself in a place of challenge and difficulty, I try open myself up to hear the messages life has to offer—which often comes by way of inspiring quotes that make their way onto my path. These wise words pick me up when I’m down; they add perspective when I’ve got none; they guide me when I feel myself beginning to stray.


“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” – Deepka Chopra

“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.” – Randy Armstrong

“The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.” – Unknown

“Feelings are just visitors. Let them come and go.” Mooji

“Pain doesn’t just show up in our lives for no reason. It’s a sign that something in our lives needs to be changed.” – Unknown

“Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I’d like to see you in better living conditions.” - Hafiz

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” - Maya Angelou

“Part of art of quieting ourselves is to honor the tears that we carry.” – Jack Kornfield

“Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.” - Khalil Gibran

“Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but gets you nowhere.” – Glenn Turner

“May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.” – Teresa of Ávila

“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” – English Proverb


  1. Kathy@kissingthefrog says:

    These are all great, Steph. I need to frame the second one about worrying! Thanks for these. Hugs to you, and BTW, great use of the CoSchedule feature – love it!

  2. “Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.” – Khalil Gibran
    This one got to me in a very calming way.

  3. I enjoyed the quote about pain serving a purpose…thx for sharing! One of my favs is: “you can’t change the wind, but you can adjust your sails”…or something like that. <3

  4. These are beautiful, Steph. I am pinning because I know this collection of words will bless others. You forgot to put some of your own wise words in there, friend ;) You’ve got a gift. xo

  5. Wonderful quotes….I hope you are collecting them just to have on hand and not because you need them particularly much today.

  6. Life most of the time is difficult but those little moments that we feel a lot of happiness is our fuel to keep going and try it harder so in my opinion is to always try to have more of those little moments!

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