Have you heard of or ever uttered the phrase “this too shall pass”? I have. I remember the first time I said it to myself. I was in a meeting with a nervous, gruff, chain-something academic who threw an epic temper tantrum whole meeting with community members who were to carry out her research. She threw the biggest hissy fit I had seen in a professional setting. And, it was awkward and embarrassing. I tried to play mediator bit I soon came to realize there was no point. Thus, at one point I found myself uttering “this too shall pass.” I had to remind myself that the situation was temporary. It would not last forever.
The temporary sense of being, in any situation both good and bad, is not to be forgotten. It’s a hard life lesson to process. However, it is extremely useful to remember. Both hard and easy moments are ephemeral. Some take a little longer to dissipate but they do eventually lessen. Everything ends, or so you hope. In some way.