Think back to a time when you made it through something tough. Maybe you gave birth to a baby or a kidney stone, sobbed at your father’s funeral, or suffered through hours of sea sickness. We’ve all had several of these endurance tests, some lasting longer than others. They’re in the rear view mirror now, and the acute sensations: anxiety, exhaustion, pain, or heartache have dulled. What got us through was the stamina to be patient, and our breath.
Whether we’re walking to a gas station after running out of gas, hosting an intervention, giving our kids sad news, or asking our not-so-favorite boss for a raise, let’s all remember to breath and remind ourselves that these moments too shall pass, and the details will likely become fuzzy some day.
And while we’re at it, let us recognize that experiencing torment and anguish makes us more resilient, wiser and more compassionate toward others. These experiences also make moments of contentment that much sweeter: holding that newborn baby, toasting your dad’s ashes with his favorite beer on his birthday, enjoying that full meal after the fishing trip barf fest.
The wise Winston Churchill once said, “When you’re going through hell, keep going.”