During a time when the normal flow of our lives has been disrupted by a global public health emergency we are given the opportunity to examine what this means for our society. We are bearing witness to a massive re-setting and restructuring of our institutions, our priorities and our values. While the uncertainty may cause panic to arise, our time is better spent realigning and recharging ourselves for when “this too shall pass.”
Buddhist Priest, Pema Chodron provides an insightful guide to dealing with difficult times in her book When Things Fall Apart. She states, “Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Even in the midst, of uncertainty we should be empowered to live a victorious life.Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”
Even in the midst, of uncertainty we should be empowered to live a victorious life. This does not mean your life will be trouble free. In fact, it might just mean that your path in this world could include several pitfalls, dead ends and additional hurdles. We are each on our own journey a path of winding roads, steep hills, valleys, oceans and rivers to cross and for some mountains to climb. Living victoriously is using what you have in each moment to do the best you can. It is not taking no for an answer and settling into a pool of bitterness and pity. Rather it is transforming suffering and despair; it is holding onto the light.
We should be empowered not to give up after things didn’t turn out how we expected them to. There’s life after death, divorce, disease, depression, debt, delays, defeat and disappointments. There’s always a chance to make a comeback, to reassess, to rethink things and try again. Embrace the uncertainty. Learn how to sit with the discomfort, relax in the midst of chaos, how to ride the waves life and be still in a storm. The sun will rise again.