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“Wherever we are, it is but a stage on the way to somewhere else, and whatever we do, however well we do it, it is only a preparation to do something else that shall be different.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

Have you ever felt so happy, or felt your life was going so great, that you wished time would just stand still? Or have you ever felt so miserable that you thought you’d never feel good, or laugh again? Have you ever wished time would just fast forward through the bad and get to the good stuff? I think we’ve all probably felt that way on more than one occasion. When things are great we don’t want them to change, when they aren’t — they can’t change fast enough for us. And sometimes we just become sort of comfortable dealing with a not so good situation but we resist any kind of change. What’s up with that? Maybe it’s the fear of the unknown, fear that it could get worse. One thing I know for sure is that the one constant in life is Change — and it happens whether or not we want it. If you’re feeling blue today, or feel yourself trying to resist change, here’s a poem to keep in mind:

Just Stick Around; This Too Shall Pass

No matter how we play the game
Nothing ever stays the same.
Bane or blessing, boon or curse
Some things get better, some get worse.

The things we like and those we don’t
Won’t stay the same, we know they won’t.
But we do have the illusion as we go from day to day
That whatever the world has become,
That’s how it will stay.

History keeps teaching us with every page we turn
But somehow, although we’ve been through
We never seem to learn.
In triumph or tragedy, in failure or success,
We win a few, we lose a few, we all do more or less.

But when there is defeat or victory of any kind,
There is a little thought that one should always keep in mind
THIS TOO SHALL PASS.

This moment, the bitter and the sweet
It’s not the end. There’s always more. The story’s incomplete.
And better or for worse, we cannot say exactly how,
Changes will come and nothing will be, what it is right now.

So beware, but don’t despair when everything seems bleak
We can not see tomorrow or the middle of next week.
Both good and bad, when they appear, quite often wear disguises,
And that is why our lives are filled with two kinds of surprises.

If you don’t like the way things are as now they can be found
Experience says all you have to do is stick around.
Change is the sand that falls each moment in the hourglass
For one way or the other, be assured,
THIS TOO SHALL PASS.

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