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Sometimes it's difficult to keep perspective when we encounter small or even large inconveniences or what might be termed "luxury problems." We forget their triviality in the broader perspective of life. We forget that we can easily recover - that we are not facing serious losses - and there is large trouble out there that we can be grateful that we are not incurring at that moment.

Here are some reflections that help us sort out our big, from our little, troubles:- "Ask yourself whether your problem is the equivalent of a lump in your gravy, a lump in your throat, or a lump in your breast." - Keith Hooker

- "If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it around. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don't say embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it." - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

- "It's always darkest right before you stub you toe." - Al Batt

- "Sometimes it takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls."

- "The sight of a gravestone, weighty not only in its granite, allows us perspective on problems as pressing as burnt toast, taxes and hay fever." - Donald Hall

- "I used to trouble about what life was for - now being alive seems sufficient reason." - Joanne Field

- "Illusions are like umbrellas - you no sooner get them than you lose them, and the loss always leaves a little painful wound." - W. Somerset Maugham

- "Golf without bunkers and hazards would be tame and monotonous. So would life." - B.C. Forbes

- "The sky must have a few clouds, as the mind a few moods." - Henry David Thoreau

- "If you want a place in the sun, you've got to put up with a few blisters." - Abigail Van Buren

- "If it weren't for the rocks in its beds, the stream would have no song." - Carl Perkins

- "The gem cannot be polished without friction." - Chinese proverb

- "A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind." - John Neal

- "People need trouble - a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it. . . . I don't mean you need to live in a rathole or gutter, but you have to learn fortitude, endurance. Only vegetables are happy." - William Faulkner

- "There are two insults no human being will endure: that he has no sense of humor and that he has never known trouble." - Sinclair Lewis

- "Nothing lasts forever - not even your troubles." - Arnold H. Glasow

- "Drag your thoughts away from your troubles - by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. It's the healthiest thing a body can do." - Mark Twain

- "Never bear more than one kind of trouble at a time. Some people bear three - all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have." - Edward Everett Hale

- "May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions." - quoted by Joey Adams

- "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain." - Dolly Parton

- "The only way to see a rainbow is to look through the rain."

- "Rainbows apologize for angry skies." - Sylvia A. Voirol

- "I always make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes." - Sara Teasdale

- "Don't meet trouble halfway. It is quite capable of making the entire journey."

- "Trouble is the structural steel that goes into the building of character." - Douglas Meador

- "Whenever I'm disappointed with my life, I stop and think about little Jamie Scott. Jamie was trying out for a part in his school play. His mother told me that he'd set his heart on being in it, although she feared he would not be chosen. On the day the parts were awarded, I went with her to collect him after school. Jamie rushed up, eyes shining with pride and excitement. Then he said those words that remain a lesson to me. `I've been chosen to clap and cheer.' "