I had a friend ask me why I don’t write about happy things or funny things. I replied that I have written lots of happy stuff, but it’s the difficult topics that seem to be remembered.
And really, don’t we do that same thing all the time? When we are experiencing hard times, we can become amnesiacs, forgetting all the light that is in our lives. We forget that this is just one part of a whole existence full of light and shadow.
Life is complicated. It can be fantastic and joyful and sad and stressful, but it is never one of these things forever. That’s important to remember when we’re in one of the parts that suck. Especially when we are in one of the parts that suck.
Wise people have been telling us this for ages. “This too shall pass” is a well known adage, passed down from either Persian Sufi poets or King Solomon, depending on who you ask. The Dalai Lama tells us the change our perspective when we encounter difficult times. And personally, I like to repeat the words of Julian of Norwich like a mantra until I believe it. “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”
It may not feel like it at the time, but I know it’s true. Really.