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Montclair State University
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Hawaii Five-O, NCIS, Cold Case, Law & Order and The Mentalist.
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Inspiration Times Magazine
Hanging Tough During Tough Times
by Rick Saldan
While I was starting to share some of thoughts with you on the
topic of how to take tough times in your stride I suddenly
remembered a cartoon I saw long time ago. It was that of David and
Goliath where, David sees Goliath tinier than him though the
picture of Goliath is hundred times magnified, as printed on the
cartoon book. The caption just under the cartoon read very simple.
It said: It's all in the perspective! The cartoon not only set me
thinking but it threw open some very closed doors in my mind.
Whenever I passed through any tough time, or had any negative
experience I did feel let down, or rejected or even demeaned. But
as I thought more and went deeper into every emotion that passed
through me and the details of what led to the situation which I
considered 'tough' it brought be back to the same platform where I
started. I started to view things differently and people with more
compassion and forgiveness and soon I did not feel so bad after
Every situation which we come across in life has several ways to
be looked at and judged. The problem is usually we are stuck with
only one point of view. We cease to be rational any more simply
because we consider ourselves defeated, demeaned or a failure. A
tough time results in our losing mental composure as well as loss
of self confidence and esteem. In short, we have created the cloud
ourselves and have decided to get blinded by our own judgment and
analysis. Stop for a moment and re-think. Walk through the
situations which have led to the 'tough' time or run through the
people who have made your life miserable, be it your boss, spouse
or whatever. Be as pragmatic and unbiased as you can when you are
looking within for answers. Let your thoughts flow in this manner:
How did it all begin?
Who are the main people responsible for creating this tough
situation in my life?
What are their stakes in creating such an adverse situation?
Was I in any way responsible in stepping on their toes at any
Was I also vindictive in my action towards them, ever?
Can I put myself in their shoes and view the situation the way
they are doing?
If you can do this self analysis pragmatically and taking yourself
out of the 'tough' situation, you would be surprised how many
truths, many unpleasant perhaps, would emerge. I have always
believed that if I know the problem or the root of the problem,
then I also have the solution.
Tough times are nothing new to us. All of us go through it many
times over in our lives. Many such tough times happen as part of
the societal growth or adverse situations which are beyond our
control. Examples could be loss of job due to downsizing, lack of
money due to inflation, debts or ill health in the family, loss of
a dear one, and so on. Such situations are explained in a number
of Asian philosophies the Chinese Yin Yang comes to my mind
first. Yin Yang is the ultimate truth about duality of life when
there is day, there ought to night, grief and happiness, bad times
and good times and so on. The whole universe is a moving circle of
the good and the bad all built in as one whole when you have bad
times, there is bound to be good times too. Incredible but true,
we remember sad times more than the good times but also have the
capacity to instantly forget the tough times when the sun rises
again. We are blessed with this supreme power of tiding over
turbulent times and we move on. Not because we can but we have to.
Thus the take home message of how to tide over tough times could
be summarized as follows:
Take the tough time and the good time both in your stride.
Remember nothing is permanent in life, not even the tough times
that you are going through.
The world also has beautiful people, splendid environment and
many talents within you which, if tapped properly can make ride
over these issues with grace and fortitude.
It is wise not to come to any judgment about people who you
believe are behind giving you this tough time. If looking from
their perspective does not help heal your mind move on and soon
they would become history.
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Rick is a unique
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