Nothing Lasts Forever

The quote from one of my meditations this week was: “The bad news is nothing lasts forever. The good news is nothing lasts forever” (J. Cole).

After the initial “holy crap that is terrifying to think of” wore off I started to think about what it really meant. To me it is speaking to the nature of change. How nothing remains, good or not so good.

I have spent a significant portion of my life fighting change. Fighting hard, spending a ton of energy trying to keep everything the same. Treating “change” as a four-letter word.

My guess is that was mostly out of fear from what “might be”. Not understanding what “might be” might be good. Might be better. Not realizing that even if it was worse, it could still be better. Not sure that makes sense, but the point is the known, no matter what it was, it was better than the unknown.

Now I think, for me, that was not the best way to approach change. If I really think about it, I can beat myself up pretty good over that lost energy, the lost time. But instead I am trying to be positive and realize that its not too late. That embracing the change, turning into the skid if you will, is the better option.

Maybe it’s never too late. Because good or not so good, it will not last. Why not be mindful, stay focused on the moment, and understand this too shall pass? If that’s true (and boy, do I hope it is) then the not so good will pass, the good will pass, and I get the chance to grow from both.

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