Every day we all have problems. Usually they are minor annoyances that we quickly forget about. Some, however, are tougher and can turn into rough patches. Below are a few quotes I found that might help you think of problems in a new way.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. ~Abraham Maslow
This quote reminds me to step outside my habitual way of responding to unexpected things that happen. It reminds me to pause, take a breathe, and keep my emotions at arms length as I evaluate what’s happened.
Stop looking for solutions to problems and start looking for the right path. — Andy Stanley
To me, this quote is advising us to stop looking at the door that’s closed, barred, and locked and instead start looking for the window that’s open.
Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions. — Edward R. Murrow
Sayings and slogans shouldn’t be used to distract ourselves or anesthetize us or make us feel that the problem will go away or be taken care of all on it’s own. Sayings and slogans can help us calm ourselves, give us hope in better days ahead, and to help us get our feet back underneath us so that we can take action and get through the rough patch.
I hope these quotes, and my explanations of why I shared them with you, have helped you. Which ones did you like? Feel free to share in the comments below!
Keep these quotes handy–especially the ones that have resonated with you–and refer to them often when you need a boost.
Your Friend and Pep Pal,