quote by Pema Chodron

Difficult things provoke all your irritations and bring your habitual patterns to the surface. And that becomes the moment of truth. You have the choice to launch into your lousy habitual patterns, or to stay with the rawness and discomfort of the situation and let it transform you.

— Pema Chodron

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Difficult choices quote Just because my path is different doesn't mean I'm lost.
Just because my path is different doesn't mean I'm lost.

Every individual is a meeting ground for many different allegiances, and sometimes these loyalties conflict with one another and confront the person who harbors them with difficult choices

You can do anything you decide to do.

Difficult choices quote Fear has two meanings - Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. T
Fear has two meanings - Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours.

Rather than becoming obsessed with the evil around you, ask God to give you a fresh perspective to see how He can bring good out of it. Look for the hand of God in your difficult situations. He is willing to use even the most horrible sins and the most foolish choices, as long as we trust Him to do just that.

Our mission is to report these horrors of war with accuracy and without prejudice. We always have to ask ourselves whether the level of risk is worth the story. What is bravery, and what is bravado? Journalists covering combat shoulder great responsibilities and face difficult choices. Sometimes they pay the ultimate price.


Easy short-term choices lead to difficult long-term consequences meanwhile difficult short-term choices lead to easy long-term consequences.

Difficult choices quote Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choi
Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice.

If you'd given me the choice of going out and beating four men and smashing a goal in from thirty yards against Liverpool or going to bed with Miss World, it would have been a difficult choice. Luckily, I had both.

Society functions in a way much more interesting than the multiple-choice pattern we have been rewarded for succeeding at in school. Success in life comes not from the ability to choose between the four presented answers, but from the rather more difficult and painfully acquired ability to formulate the questions.

In short, the elimination of the financial legacy of Reaganomics could force the United States to make some exceptionally difficult choices indeed.

Difficult choices quote Thinking is difficult, that's why most people judge.
Thinking is difficult, that's why most people judge.
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The Way of the Samurai is found in death.

When it comes to either/or, there is only the quick choice of death. It is not particularly difficult. Be determined and advance.


Bad habits are easy to develop but difficult to live with.

Good habits are difficult to develop, but easy to live with. If you are willing to be uncomfortable for little while, so you can press past the initial pain of change, in the long run, your life will be much better.

In a time of tight budgets, difficult choices have to be made.

We must make sure our very limited resources are spent on priorities. I believe we should have no higher priority than investing in our children's classrooms and in their future.

Difficult choices quote Patience is when you're supposed to be mad but you choose to understand.
Patience is when you're supposed to be mad but you choose to understand.

Choices can change our lives profoundly.

The choice to mend a broken relationship, to say "yes" to a difficult assignment, to lay aside some important work to play with a child, to visit some forgotten person - these small choices may affect many lives eternally.

All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.

I do know that if you can name certain things and understand them, it allows you to make better choices. Unfortunately, there's so much misinformation that towers over a person's head, it's really difficult to make the right decisions. Consequently, we just go along because it's way too hard to sift through the information.

Difficult choices quote One of the most important decisions you'll ever face in life is choosing whether
One of the most important decisions you'll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.

My life has been extremely complicated.

Not by choice at the beginning at all, but later on, I had become used to complication and went on accepting things that other people would have found too difficult to accept.

The spiritual life is a stern choice.

It is not a consoling retreat from the difficulties of existence; but an invitation to enter fully into that difficult existence, and there apply the Charity of God and bear the cost.

You have to make difficult choices in your life, and you just have to be happy with them.

Difficult choices quote Thinking is difficult, that's why most people judge.
Thinking is difficult, that's why most people judge.

Extreme exercise doesn’t save you from poor food choices.

It can be difficult to exercise and erase away that chocolate cake or pizza pie. It doesn’t work that way.

Every day we have a choice. We can take the easier road, the more cynical road, which is a road sometimes based on a dream of a past that never was, fear of each other, distancing and blame, or we can take the much more difficult path, the road of transformation, transcendence, compassion, and love, but also accountability and justice.


It is difficult for some people to accept that love is a choice.

This seems to run counter to the generally accepted theory of romantic love which expounds that love is inborn and as such requires no more than to accept it.

Difficult choices quote Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you  have made. If you want
Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice.

The most difficult choice a politician must ever make is whether to be a hypocrite or a liar.

However much I dislike the idea of abortion, you should not criminalize a woman who, in very difficult circumstances, makes that choice.

Before the boat docked, however, he confessed because he was contemplating running for president, he couldn't separate from his wife. I believed him when he told me he faced a difficult choice between pursuing personal happiness and his political destiny.

Difficult choices quote Don't feel sorry for yourself if you have chosen the wrong road. Turn around.
Don't feel sorry for yourself if you have chosen the wrong road. Turn around.

I believe that for the most part, achieving success - whatever that is for you - is mostly a matter of personal choice and that, initially, making the right choices can be difficult.


To become pure is not difficult. Make the choices that will lead you to freedom and liberation - not enslavement to the wills, actions and desires of others.

Before the boat docked, however, he confessed because he was contemplating running for president, he couldn't separate from his wife. I believed him when he told me he faced a difficult choice between pursuing personal happiness and his political destiny.

Difficult choices quote The mind is like water. When it's turbulent, it's difficult to see. When it's ca
The mind is like water. When it's turbulent, it's difficult to see. When it's calm, everything becomes clear.

When you accept that you may fail, you can accomplish anything.

Fear can be so debilitating. Every day I'm faced with difficult decisions, but losing the fear helps me make the right choices.

The past shouldn't be forgotten. It should be used as a guide for future situations and not used as a reason to avoid making difficult decisions. There was always a choice.

As I grew up, I was interested in other areas, too, especially literature.

It became a major love of mine. Later, it became a difficult choice for me as to whether to major in music or literature. It wasn't until my 30s that I began a profession in music.

Difficult choices quote Every time you find some humor in a difficult situation, you win.
Every time you find some humor in a difficult situation, you win.

There was a real choice when [Barack Obama] became president.

It was a very difficult choice - to say, "We're not going to hold senior officials to account with the same laws that every other citizen in the country is held to," or "This is a nation that believes in the rule of law."

It is in many circumstances a troubling thing to belong to the advanced class of a backward nation. One surrenders coherence and begins a difficult process of choice which ends, often, in an eclectic idiosyncrasy.

To nourish the soul means to become kinder, more compassionate, wiser, and more loving, often through the making of difficult choices that foster growth rather than safety. The nourishment and growth of the soul is the very reason for human life.

It requires courage to make good choices, even when others around us choose differently. As we make righteous choices day by day in little things, the Lord will strengthen us and help us choose the right during more difficult times.

I am an optimist and I believe that together we shall be able now to make the right historical choice so as not to miss the great chance at the turn of centuries and millenia and make the current extremely difficult transition to a peaceful world order.

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