Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
~ Charles Caleb Colton
As the inevitable challenges of life darken your path, remain calm. Storms are only temporary and know that you can get through anything by looking forward through the darkness to the coming dawn. Your inner strength will carry you through any calamity life may present. Whether a storm is big or small doesn’t matter. What matters is your reaction. Know that if you panic and allow fear to take control of you, you only make the situation worse. If you entertain negative emotions, you push a solution farther away. So steer through the storm with serenity as your guide. Although it may be difficult to see when it bears down on you in its fury, realize that a storm can bring benefits as well as challenges. When you rise to the challenge, you gain knowledge, strength and wisdom. A life without challenges would be less fulfilling. You can do so much more with your life by keeping a positive attitude. Your optimism keeps hope alive and your bravery will bring you strength. Your perseverance keeps you going, no matter what the odds. And peace is always within you. Because you have these traits, no life storm can ever defeat you. Remember, consistency is the evidence of belief. Keep smiling at the person in the mirror.
It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
~ Frederick Douglass