Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Spin Cycle - Embracing the Motto

This too shall pass.

I’m really big in keeping balance in my life these days and this motto alone can keep me centered.

This too shall pass was a phrase that was supposed to help a person through many turbulent times. My mom used to pat me on the head and say, “Don’t worry sweetie, it won’t last forever.”

It’s gotten me through pubescence, gym class, arguments, the depressions, the job I hated, the terrible twos, the vomit in my hair, the sleepless nights, the sickly parents, the funerals, the hospital visits, the tumultuous teen years, Beloved’s girlfriends, the lost jobs, my broken toes, and the downward spiral of my 401K.

This too shall pass allows me to look to the future with hope and understanding, mostly hope.

This motto rings true for both misery and happiness. When you realize that all that you know to be beautiful, the things that bring you happiness and joy may also pass away, you begin to live in the moment. I look at things with new eyes. Clarity of what is important in life finally permeates the thorny thicket in my head. I understand that knowing that “This too shall pass,” is a means to cherish without smothering, to hold on without squeezing tight.

Instead of bemoaning my losses or feeling cheated of happiness, instead of feeling the hole, I am able to appreciate the happiness and joy I was given and still hold it in my heart. You can enjoy, and want, and care but still feel inner peace to let it go later without reservation.

Sister After Me, always into self-help and uplifting literature, her favorite saying is, “Ellie, maybe that’s how it’s supposed to be.

Middle Sister always had three snappy mottos she used whenever someone tried to make her feel bad or when bad things happened. The first was “So what?” The second one was “I don’t care.” The third was, “Oh well.”

Only Brother’s saying was “Don’t sweat it.”

And Little Sister’s saying was “Bite me.”

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Sprite's Keeper said...

I've said "Bite me" for years! (Maybe it's inherent in the babies of the family..)
"This too shall pass" is a great motto to get you through the tough parts when there's no way to fix it and you just have to ride the waves. Great Spin!
You're linked!

Middle Aged Woman said...

Now who's doing the inspiring?

Jim Styro said...

I like it when you write.

A good friend of mine has a similar expression:
"These things have a way of resolving themselves."

But I do have some hope that a few special things can persist - like...good friends.

"Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom."

Laufa said...

LOL Bite me! My sardonic sister would say this often. Great spin!

Pippa said...

This too shall pass, I didn't even think of this as being a motto. I guess that this is one of the best mottos out there as it really help anyone to cope with anything!

Ellie Belen said...

Sprite's Keeper I think so. The youngest always seems to get pushed around maybe a little too much.

MAW and Jim Styro, Thanks you two.

Laufa, Um, was she the youngest of the family?

Pippa, it does have that light at the end of the tunnel feel doesn' it?

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