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Eye of the Optimist-strength despite adversity

While showing respect and honoring the deceased/injured/victims of colossal tragedy is necessary, and we must take time to grieve and remember, we do not have to let tragedy and negativity drag us down and hold us back. We must live and live well. We must persist and continue to build rectification or renewal, improvement, social good of civilization. -Intro to today's blog by Ed Wise.

The weak fall, but the strong will remain and never go under!
— Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl39

There will be times in your life where you’re challenged, where nothing seems to be going right, where tragedy strikes and you’re left to pick up the pieces.

In some cases, being strong is simply about being able to persevere through extreme adversity. It can be something horrific like the tragic loss of a loved one, or something difficult and trying like getting laid off. It can also be emotional trauma, like recovering from a divorce or a tough break up.

These experiences leave us feeling weak and hopeless. But that’s no reason to stay down for long. No matter what you’re going through in life, other people just like you have gone through the same or worse and come out stronger on the other side. It’s times like these you need to be strong and never give up.
Here are some quotes about being strong to help you find your own strength in the face of adversity:

“True strength is keeping everything together when everyone expects you to fall apart.”– Unknown

“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”– Unknown

“The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.”– Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“You never know how strong you are… until being strong is the only choice you have.”― Cayla Mills

“Fall down seven times, get up eight.”– Japanese Proverb

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”– Audrey Hepburn

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”– James Dean

“Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.”– Sarah Dessen

“Courage is looking fear right in the eye and saying, ‘Get the hell out of my way, I’ve got things to do.'”– Unknown

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”– Louise Erdrich'

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”– Ernest Hemingway

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”– Mahatma Gandhi

“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”– Bruce Lee

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.”– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”– Mahatma Gandhi

“A heart is a muscle..and what do muscles do when they are torn? They grow back STRONGER!”– Unknown

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