October 6, 2015 – This too shall pass

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“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it.  But you laugh inside…remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.” – Charles Bukowski

I’ve rewritten this post a few times. I’m not sure how to say what I want to say.

Life is really hard sometimes. Excruciating. I don’t know why. As if our struggles are what make the world keep spinning. As if our hardship keeps the earth’s heart beating. As if this planet thrives on it, as if things can’t go too well for too long because if that happens then the world’s rotation will slow and time will end.

It’s a cycle. Good times will end. They have to.

But so will bad times.

Be still. Breathe. Notice where you are. Remember everything you’ve beaten to get to this point. Remember all of the endless nights, remember the hopelessness, remember the tears, remember the desperation.  Remember how you got through all of that, to get to this moment, right now.

You’re still here. Remember when you thought you would never make it? When each breath felt so unbearable that you were certain you couldn’t take another day?

You’re still here.

If you are having a lovely day, smile, try to hold on to it for later. If you aren’t…hang in there, my dear friends. I get a lot of thanks from you guys but I hope you also know how much you all mean to me. None of this would be possible without you. Thank you.

23 thoughts on “October 6, 2015 – This too shall pass

  1. I can identify with what you’ve written. There have been a few times in my life when I’ve been almost paralysed by emotions that have engulfed me. The idioms that “life goes on” and “this too shall pass” help to an extent once on the journey to recovery but when completely overwhelmed I’ve found that I just can’t reach for even that degree of positivity. Instead I’ve told myself that I can deal with anything for an hour and then, when that hour passes, I can deal with anything for the next hour. It was just my stupidly simple way of forcing me to place one foot in front of another and get through the day and – along with other supports – eventually playing at living for an hour became actually living for an hour (as opposed to merely existing). Maybe that doesn’t help but I thought I would share it in case it does.

  2. No need to thank me (and The Spouse) for enjoying and liking your work. Your giraffes are a real inspiration—and worth their pixels in gold, I tell you~!

    TS is a Tom Hanks fan and she really loves watching ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ at any (every~!) opportunity—so I counter with my very own favourite, ‘Frozen’ (Princess Anna, boom-boom!). There’s a bit in there where he tells how he copes with the grief and depression of losing his wife; excellent advice. But ‘This too, will pass’ is the ultimate. I love it …

  3. If this is a reflection of how you feel dear Penny then I send you nothing but sunshine and warmth from across the seas. I hope I can brighten your day as you always brighten mine and so many others :-)

  4. Penny, an inspirational and uplifting post, as always. Thank you for lighting the way for us…..while lighting your own pathway as well. This too shall pass, always and always, and in the meanwhile, a warm bath, a good book, a funny favorite film, some flowers from the grocery store, so many ways to bring a little more light into your space. Be well, friend! 💛

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