“When the going gets tough, the tough get going” is a quote often attributed to football players and Coach Knute Rockne (1888-1931). What exactly is meant by this saying? Surely it is not limited to athletes. I think it means that when a situation is difficult or dangerous, strong people work hard to resolve the problem. When a situation becomes seemingly impossible, strong people work even harder. They are not intimidated. They don’t give up. In my life, when difficulties, problems, challenges, or disappointments happen, it’s easy to fall into discouragement. But I must always remember Thomas A. Edison’s words: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” I thought of this a few days ago repairing the snow blower motor. Edison also said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” This encourages me to pick myself up, dust off, reevaluate, pray for strength, and move forward. We learn life’s greatest lessons when doing the most difficult things.