4 Things To Remember When Life Kicks You In The Teeth

Kick in the teeth

Kick in the teeth

A little piece of wood once complained bitterly because its owner kept whittling away at it, cutting it, and filling it with holes, but the one who was cutting it so remorselessly paid no attention to its complaining. He was was making a flute out of that piece of ebony, and he was too wise to desist from doing so, even though the wood complained bitterly.


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He seemed to say,

“Little piece of wood, without these holes, and all this cutting, you would be a black stick forever – just a useless piece of ebony. What I am doing now may make you think that I am destroying you, but instead, I will change you into a flute, and your sweet music will charm the souls of men and comfort many a sorrowing heart. My cutting you is the making of you, for only thus can you be a blessing in the world.”


4 Things To Remember When Life Kicks You In The Teeth


1. Your suffering can bring comfort to someone else. Think about the last time you went through something really rough. What kind of people brought you the most comfort? Those who went through a similar situation right? They could comfort you because they really do know how you feel. 

I remember when my dad died of cancer many people would sympathize with me and I don’t mean to take away from that at all because that means a lot too but it was those who had also lost their dad who brought me the most comfort. And they didn’t even have to say a whole lot – just a little “It sucks doesn’t it” is all I needed.

2. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger. Cliche I know but it’s true. Each trial, each failure, each hard time is producing a better, stronger version of you.

3. Pain is temporary. Anything is bearable for a season. If you are going through a tough time just remember – “This too shall pass”. If you are in a winter season – hang on…spring is around the corner.

4. Life is all about growth and change. Just like the black stick in the story had to go through pain and get a few hurts holes in order to become a flute – you too should embrace change and look for the opportunities to stretch yourself and grow. rubberband quote

“Remember, you are like a rubberband – you must be stretched to be effective.”

Your Turn

I want to hear from you. 

How do you handle hard seasons of life?

Do you see hardships as an opportunity to better yourself?

Leave any thoughts or comments below…


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  • Sometimes, I am sooo sooo tired of being strong. I have been a blessing to others. I have experienced pain, and lived and triumphed.

    But whoa!

    • Andrea,

      I’m reminded of a quote from Robert Strauss… “It’s a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired – you quit when the gorilla is tired.” Life is like that sometimes. Hang in there. Keep on keepin on and one day you will be glad you did. Thanks for commenting.

  • Angela

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    I agree with Andrea. When it’s been so long ago when things went your way, it really hard to continue being strong. Especially when everyone sees you as the strong one and you could really use a little help.

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