This Too Shall Pass

"So far you have survived 100% of your worst days, this, too shall Pass"

                           -Anonymous

The world is going through some unprecedented times as the normal has been upended by the arrival of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. It has crippled life and took away many things we used to take for granted — things as simple as meeting loved ones and friends.

When so much is out of your hands, it’s important to remember what is in your control. Positive thinking is a strong force everyone can tap into. Do your thoughts nurture you and bring you hope for your future? If not, create a healthy belief system. Think uplifting thoughts, choose uplifting feelings and focus on creative ideas.

In such difficult times, digging deep for inspiration is important. It is also essential to remain self-motivated and nurture yourself during this period. Hold yourself together and try to remain with perseverance during tough times. You cannot choose or control your circumstances, but you can choose your attitude towards your circumstances true to yourself and evaluate your current state of being. Analyze how much work you can do in the present circumstances and begin small. Let go off your worries for once and venture out. Take a break. Many of our worries come from self-doubt. Keep in touch and confide into people who care for you. Have open conversations about your stressful times and allow them to share advice and thoughts. Socialize with optimistic people through phone and social media.

Hard times can take on a toll on your health. Ensure that you drink enough water and maintain healthy eating habits. Detach yourself from all the gadgets and distractions while you sleep. Have a wholesome breakfast. Exercise regularly and listen to music. Celebrate even the smallest of accomplishments. Pursue a creative habit. It will divert you from your constant worries. Do something what you’ve always wanted to do or something you are good at. Harnessing your creative side will make you bring more peace into your soul. Life is not a bed of roses for anyone. Each of us shares a balanced proportion of good and bad times.

Difficult times make us braver and stronger. Equip yourself so that no matter how hard times get, you are able to motivate yourself and sail through until you regain peace and harmony back in life.

In Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, verse 14, Lord Krishna said:

matra-sparshas tu kaunteya shito?h?a-sukha-du?kha-da?

agamapayino ’nityas tans-titik?hasva bharata

Lord Krishna said to Arjun, that the contact between the senses and the sense objects gives rise to fleeting perceptions of happiness and distress. These are non-permanent, and come and go like the winter and summer seasons. O descendent of Bharat, one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.

Ups and downs, happiness & sorrow are two sides of the same coin and one must try to accept both the situations humbly without being disturbed.

"Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart". – Roy T. Bennett