There are times in life when nothing seems to go right. Money comes in short supply despite the fact that bills keep right on coming in at an alarming rate. Maybe the job that you were so excited to get begins to lose its luster when you realize what the word “sub” really means. Add in constant migraines, a killer backache, and a splattering of other health issues and you discover more reasons to wish that tomorrow would just never come. You go two steps forward only to fall five steps back like some sick and twisted real life “Chutes and Ladder’s” game.
No one wants to hear about it really. They have their own problems and issues to deal with. No one wants to hear non stop doom and gloom. People want others to be light hearted and happy soldiering through life’s turmoil with a smile on their face and a song in their heart if for no other reason than so they too can have hope in their own journey through life. Why else when asked how we are everyone tends to lie through their teeth by saying “I’m fine!”
Growing up my mom and dad had a piece of advice they dished out for almost every complaint. They would embrace me in a hug and say with much tenderness “This too shall pass.” Over the years I have found comfort and solace in these four words. I also realized that they were loaded with truth. Time is constantly passing and ticking by. Things are continuously changing. The fact that life seems especially bleak at the moment doesn’t mean that it will always be so. I may walk around with a little black rain cloud hovering over my head now, but tomorrow the sun will come out. I will find another reason to smile. A person must have faith. Things never come in our time. They always come in G0d’s time. By the time that happens we have learned from the struggle and appreciate even more the reprieve.
Now that I am a parent I find myself uttering these words of wisdom to my own children. It is the one thing a person can count on for certain especially when riddled with pain. You will either get over it, or you will die with it. Regardless, this too shall pass regardless the outcome until next time when I give you another glimpse into the life of a trucker’s wife.