Friday’s Quote

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”― Lao Tzu

I was chatting with a friend yesterday, and we came to the conclusion that sometimes things just suck. I hate that word, by the way, but unfortunately the thesaurus couldn’t find a better word to capture that feeling. Webster offered, “bite,” “smell,” and “stink.” Sorry Webster, these words don’t conjure up the same feelings. So I am going to stick with the word I hate because it fits.

When we have those feelings, those around us offer words of encouragement like, “look on the bright side,” “think positively,” or “it’s not the end of the world.” But do these words really help? Or does Lao Tzu have a point—can we simply take a moment to sit in our reality and allow things to flow forward naturally?

Life is a series of changes. Maybe you just found out you have an unanticipated expense—that sucks. Maybe you’re stuck in a job you don’t want to be at—that sucks. Maybe you have a lot on your plate and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel—that sucks. Maybe we can allow ourselves a grace-filled moment to feel a little sorry for ourselves before we flow forward naturally. Life is a series of changes and good is absolutely coming our way, but we are entitled to a moment of, “This sucks.”


Beth Fitzgerald

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