Three little words – Life goes on

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost

Every so often on TV shows mainly you will hear the phrase, “My life is over!” This line is usually delivered by some actress playing a drama queen teen ager who has just been turned down by the boy of her dreams for a date or some such event in her life.

While today’s three little words may seem very shallow on the surface, they do nicely sum up what Frost and others have been trying to tell us forever. No matter how dire the consequences that you imagination can dream up and no matter how devastating the loss you have suffered- life goes on.

It turns out that we usually wake up the next day and the world is still there. Sure, there may be a very big or painful void in the world as you knew it; but it is still there, the rest of the people are still there, the rest of your life is still there in front of you. There are people for whom life seemingly stops, at least temporarily; as they get stuck in their reaction to an event and have trouble getting past it and going on with their life. Grief and regret are powerful things that can seemingly grind life to a halt; but in the end life goes on.

public speakingPerhaps you have a particularly unpleasant task to do today or issue to face today (maybe with a friend or co-worker). Maybe you’ve spent the weekend worrying about this day and imagining all of the worst things that could happen. Well, it’s here and something will happen and maybe you’ll need an extra glass of wine tonight to relax and recover from the day’s events; but, you’ll still be here at the end of the day and tomorrow and all of the tomorrows after that, because life goes on.

“The biggest thing I’ve learned is to smash my own spiders and get on with my day. There will be another!”

― Hoda Kotb.spider

So, no matter how big the spiders are that your imagination has conjured up for you to face today; there will be a tomorrow and you will still be there. Life goes on and you must too. Stay Calm and Carry On.

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