This is a wonderful saying that my New Zealand friends used to use in their everyday lives when their children were young, it was first phrased by Eckhart Tolle but is now used by millions of everyday people across the world who just need to get through their day. My friends referred back to the quote every time their children had a tantrum, got upset or became hurt; I’m sure they would have used it in their adult lives as well.
For those who are unfamiliar with Eckhart Tolle he is basically a spiritual guru who promotes the focus of the present moment. After his own traumas and upheavals he chose to live homeless on the streets of London for two years. During these years he was able to live in the present and did not take on the worries of what society would consider ‘normal’ worries; mortgages, bills, holidays, etc. He talks about accepting the present moment and not the life situation. One easy metaphor that Tolle uses is the analogy of getting stuck in the mud literally – yes, you’re stuck in the mud for this present moment but complaining about it isn’t going to get you out of the mud, that is simply going to add a resistance to the problem. He then goes on to talk about how we need to bring about change in the situation but accept that at this present moment you are simply stuck in the mud – it is what it is!
Life tends to throw curve balls at us all and sometimes it can feel like a continual pile of crap is getting dumped on us one thing after another, but these things do tend to pass. If by using mindfulness and gratefulness we can recognise and even acknowledge that the normal little everyday things are the good things – the hugs from children, the first coffee (or any coffee for that matter), a favourite song on the radio, a warm bed at night – these are all the good things and it’s only when things turn to crap that we start to add up all the ‘bad’ things in our lives. Perhaps we need to take a daily audit of all the good things compared to all the crappy things and as I said at the beginning ‘This too shall Pass’.
** Eckhart Tolle is the author of the bestselling book The Power of Now, which was first published in 1997