Recently my daughter called me. I could hear the pain and frustration in her voice, as she told me she had the worst day of her life.
She had a series of mishaps and frustrations, one after the other.
And indeed, in her mind, it was a worst day scenario.
Everything that could have gone wrong, did.
And everything piled up, making a bunch of medium-sized challenges feel like huge mountains.
So here’s what I told her.
All problems pass.
And it’s true. That is my belief.
I knew from experience that in the moment, she may not have been able to see through the cloudiness of her thoughts about her day.
But in the morning, the sky would be clear again. And all would seem more fixable.
Does that mean what felt like problems weren’t problems at all? Not necessarily.
But sometimes there isn’t anything to do but stand back, notice how your mind is multiplying the pain, and if there isn’t some action you need to take right now, or some decision you need to make right now, then the best thing to do is to wait.
Take a break. Give yourself some loving self-care. And know that tomorrow, you will find solutions. And many times, that won’t even be necessary.
Because many things just resolve themselves with the passage of time.
Think of any problem you faced recently.
Remember your pain and angst while you were in the middle of it, trying to figure out a solution. Often, in the heat of the moment, there isn’t an evident solution.
But time is known to give us the gift of perspective. We can wake up and see things through a fresh lens.
And so it goes.
When I think of the old saying, ‘This too shall pass’, boy, is it ever true!