Sometimes life gets in our face. Sometimes we have to face up to a challenge not of our own making. Sometimes we have to battle discomfort, disease and adversity. That’s how it goes, and we all have battles to fight from time to time. Your battle might feel insurmountable, but I’m here to tell you that even the hardest battles can be won. Even the hardest opponents can be conquered. But sometimes they can’t. And that’s okay too.
The Stoics have a saying: “Memento Mori” remember that you are mortal. Remember that you will die eventually. This means that there are very few things which we should take gravely serious, and when our time has come, the best thing we can do is to accept it with grace, and become like the ripe olive which drops from the tree after a long and satisfying life in the sun in the words of the great emperor and stoic Marcus Aurelius.
The point of this short essay is simply to remind you that whatever you are facing in the moment, keep in mind that this too shall pass. The very nature of life is transitory – nothing lasts forever. Don’t grasp on to things which are bound to pass or wish for things to pass faster than is their nature. Don’t wish for things to be what they are not.
Let things happen as they must, and be fully in the moment while it lasts. This way you can enjoy the moment, and gain strength for the battles you must face.