This too shall pass…

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This too

For years, every morning started the same in my life. Wake up and get ready for the day while getting the kids ready for school. I used to look at this as a burden, as a punishment of sorts for the life that I had chosen. I got no rewards for making sure that everyone brought their homework with them each day. There was no joy in knowing that we all woke up on time. Life was just life. The same thing every day. Even though my life was pretty good, I couldn’t see that. Life had always been “okay”.

I soon learned to really identify and appreciate the good times and to have faith that more good times were on their way during the hard times.

Life ended up throwing me a fast curve ball. My life got turned upside down. For months it felt like I was never going to be okay again. I was never going to lead a normal life. I was never going to feel healthy and I was certainly never going to be happy.

I was sick. Like, really sick. Nobody could figure out why I was sick and I just accepted that this might be the end. I might be sick and miserable forever. I had lost faith that I could get better.

I accepted a falsehood that bad times are forever.

The day before my 35th birthday I was sitting outside watching my then 3-year-old play in the sun while I felt sorry for myself and my situation. I realized right then and there that my life would not always be like this. I wouldn’t always feel this bad even if my health never got better. I had the power to feel better despite things that were out of my control.

Fast forward two years and I often remind myself about that day. I whisper in my mind “this too shall pass” whenever I’m having a bad day and that stops those negative thoughts right away.

I look back on those “okay” days with such joy and love in my heart. I recognize that I was very blessed to have those times with my children… to even have children at all. There was so much happiness in my “okay” life and I was missing it.

How often do you feel like your life will never be better? That this is it. This is as good as it’s going to get… even when it’s not that great. Have you just given up all of your faith that it will improve?

I want you to stop for a moment. Imagine the life that you really want. Seriously do it. Just take a few minutes and let your mind go to a happier life. Are you feeling healthier, do you have love in your life… are you just all around happier? Now open your eyes and say out loud “This too shall pass” and believe it!

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • I also had a very difficult time with my health a few years back. I remember how I had given up all hope of being well or normal again. Remembering that period of my life makes me very thankful for what I have today. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  • Thanks for the inspirational story. I also have to remember that I have things pretty good, but I still have to work hard at being happy.

  • Great story and I think you’ll find we’ve all been in that state of mind at one time or another.

  • It can be hard to go through the bad times, but they definitely help me appreciate the times when life is easier.

  • I’ve definitely felt the getting stuck in a rut feeling like will this ever end! The endless days of diaper changes, wet beds, etc etc! It’s important to try to keep that perspective and be grateful for what we DO have rather than focusing on what we wish was different.

  • My daughter was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease last year and the doctor told her she would never live a normal life. I am going to pass this article on to her and hopefully, she can focus on the positive.

  • I really struggle with this. I do get caught up with the negatives sometimes instead of remembering to be thankful for all the good times.

  • Oh, I love this and totally needed to hear it! I have had a very rough several years in a row. I have tried to concentrate on the good things, but sometimes it is so hard.

  • What a nice post, I am sorry you went thru a difficult time. Life can be pretty mundane but we have to change things a bit here and there so we do not get bored. Whenever I feel sorry for myself and get anxious I turn to my Savior who brings me back to where I need to be. I am reminded how blessed I am, how someone else out there is worse off than me.

  • After having a very ill husband, him going through chemo while I was pregnant and then loosing my Mother just a year later, I have learned we have to appreciate the time we have and find the little joys in each and every day! I am so happy for you that you are doing better and have a great outlook on life!

  • You are so right, Heather. This too shall pass. One day it’s just a memory, a memory that has made you a more mature and stronger person. HUGS!

  • Last year was my worst year ever with half of it spent in depression. Thankfully it passed. Reminding ourselves that bad things happen and that they will pass is important. Focusing on the good, that is what we should do.

  • I’ve never used those exact words, but the power of positive thinking has definitely had an effect on me. It really can shape things for you!

  • it is a great motto. unless my mother in law utters it. then it’s just condescending. but with anyone else, it’s so true. it ALL passes. even the horrible stuff.

  • Oh goodness, I hate that feeling. I get into deep depression ruts sometimes. Life does get better and this is a great reminder!!

  • As a kid, during hard times, my mom would remind us “this too shall pass.” And she was always right. I am the kind of person though that always finds a bright side, there’s always reason to celebrate, and there’s always a reason to be positive. Without that kind of attitude, it’s easy to get lost in negativity. But, I needed the reminder that through those okay days, there’s something beautiful. Thanks!

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