“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
As you may know, I’ve been living in a bamboo hut in Cambodia for the last 2 months. The past few days have been interesting ones in my hut particularly because of the creatures that have found their way in. A wide range of animals including frogs, spiders, mosquitoes, moths, and even a snake sighting (yikes!) have all made my space their temporary space. Usually, I would scream and could be moved to tears at a roach sighting (I actually cried one time), but this week I haven’t been as phased. Maybe it hasn’t phased me as much because when I get rid of an animal from my room I know that they’ll come back. I went so far as walking a frog to the river and still, another day passed and a different frog found its way in. I’ve come to terms that animals will come and go & there’s not much I can do while living in the middle of the jungle.
Oddly enough, this insight made me think of life in an interesting way: Just as the bugs find their way in & out of my hut and there’s not much I can do to change it, good times & tough times will also find their way in and out my life without my control.
Many times when we face issues and problems it’s easy for us to get pessimistic and entertain thoughts that this tough time is going to last forever. It’s hard to see past it unless we cultivate awareness that in life there are going to be ups and downs.
I saw this simple illustration on Instagram and it really resonated with me:
What if we began to cultivate awareness that everything is temporary and just like we know the rain and storms will come, the sun will also rise and shine on?
In a tough yoga class a while back, I remember the teacher repeating to the class, “Try & calm your mind, this pose is only temporary and soon we’ll move out of it.” Even though my mind was racing holding a squat for what felt like 10 minutes, the words were reassuring. My mind was clinging to the fact that the pose (and every pose) is only temporary, and I could then begin to bring calmness and a sense of inner peace to the forefront.
—Same with life—
Whatever tough time you may be going through or have gone through, please be reassured it’s only temporary. It won’t last a lifetime and soon you’ll move out of it.
Cultivating a deep sense of peace helps to ground us and keep us calm even during the storm. The tough times will come, but so will the good times and maybe cultivating a deep sense of peace and lightheartedness could help us get through and keep us grounded.
For me, practicing yoga & meditation helps ground me, but maybe there’s something different that helps you. Either way, I’ll be working on cultivating a deep sense of inner peace and being grounded and would love if you’d join me!
Please comment below and share your thoughts on temporary times or let me know if you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi ?