“Bite the bullet” – Definition: To accept the inevitable impending hardship and endure the resulting pain with fortitude - http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/bite-the-bullet.html
“Bite the bullet” is not a very popular or well-liked phrase these days probably because no one ever wants to be told, “Too bad, you are just going to have to bite the bullet about the bad news this time!” Nevertheless, qualities such as fortitude, endurance, and determination are the stuff that inner courage and true inspiration are built upon. One of the most humbling experiences that can happen to just about any individual is to meet someone else who is legitimately suffering a great deal more than you are, yet complaining a great deal less. What can make that all the more fascinating and inspirational is when that unique individual is not only complaining less but they are also coping even better than you are. It can be like reset button for our ego to witness firsthand someone who is able to keep moving steadily forward while hauling an emotional or physical proverbial load on their back that dwarfs our own sack of problems we are exerting ourselves to carry. These are the people that inspire the rest of us to re-evaluate our own circumstances and to focus more on gratitude and less on self-pity along with our host of daily grumblings and gripes.
My goal here is not to minimize anyone’s day to day struggles because it’s safe to say, life is not generally easy for any of us and at any given time anyone’s individual circumstances can be unexpectedly unfair, harsh, painful or unjust. No one is immune to some degree of unforeseen or self-inflicted strife from time to time if not more often. Some of our most challenging personal calamities may be physical, emotional, spiritual or any combination thereof. Regardless of how big or small, significant or superficial our trials, tribulations or troubles may seem to be, we can learn from those among us who have the courage to endure. These individuals continue to seek and find the proverbial light of summer even within the darkest, densest and coldest of winters.