Things happen in our lives that we cannot stop, but that's no reason to shut out the world. There is a purpose for the good and for the bad.  At times, we maybe in situations where our lives come to halt but with will power we can change the course of life. Life is a series of choices.

We are never without the solutions to our problems. Itís just that sometimes we may have to wait a little. Learn how to remain peaceful and patient. ~unknown

Courage is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow to accomplish what is worthwhile and be happy.

Many of us are willing to put ourselves through anything. Temporary pain or discomfort means nothing to us as long as we can see that the experience will take us to a new level. We are interested in the unknown, and the only path to the unknown is through breaking barriers, an often painful process.

In life we find that one of the most desirable qualities we can find in a person is flexibility. The ability to change with changing times, to face adversity with the same attitude one would have in facing victory. When we are no longer able to change a situation, we could challenge to change ourselves. Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If we quit, however, it lasts forever.
Let us learn how the oyster develops a pearl. The inside of an oyster's shell is covered with a smooth shiny coating called mother-of-pearl. When an irritant, such as a grain of sand, gets caught inside the oyster's shell it secretes layers of mother-of-pearl to protect its body by coating the irritant. The coated grain of sand becomes a pearl.

Man can force the oyster to produce a pearl by inserting an irritant into the shell. It takes the oyster two to three years to produce a good size pearl. Cultured pearls are usually not perfect, but the Japanese have discovered that if you surgically insert an irritant directly into the body of the oyster, this will produce a perfect pearl.

Nearly all pearls sold today are cultured pearls. Cultured pearls are product of pearl farmers helping nature to produce them by simulating the process. Cultured pearls can be developed from saltwater or freshwater.

When life hands us a lemon, we can make a lemonade as the saying goes. An obstacle is often a stepping stone. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; they are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.

Donít let the pain of one incident destroy the joy of all the rest. Donít judge life by one difficult crisis. Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come, some time or later.

We can give up. Itís the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together, when everything seems like falling apart; thatís true strength! Pain nourishes courage. We canít be brave if we only had wonderful things happen to us.

By Tim Pedrosa

Pain and heartache are things that we feel we can do without in our lives; but remember that without the rainy days, we would not really appreciate the sunny days. Appreciate difficult times as well as the good times. Donít dwell in feeling down but appreciate it as a part of lifeís struggles, without which the victorious moments would not be as sweet.ĖUnknown

Tim