May 31, 2019

4 Words for when it Feels like our Heart Can’t Take another Crack.


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This too shall pass.

She tells me that when I cry, when I think my heart cannot handle another crack, when I want to crawl under the covers and never come out, when all I want to do is just be left alone.

This too shall pass.

She tells me that when I writhe with disappointment. When I struggle to understand why I didn’t get whatever achievement I had pinned my self-worth onto.

This too shall pass.

She tells me that when it seems like the whole world is Noah’s ark, and I’m left alone, bobbing in the ocean.

This too shall pass. This too shall pass. This too shall pass.

It is and always has been one of my mother’s favorite sayings.

It was an echo, said over and over again when I was a child. And then as a teenager. It became a meditation that I adopted as my own when I became an adult.

It was always framed within the context of negativity, a reminder that the anger, the frustration, the despair, the sadness, the depression, and the hurt would eventually pass, that I shouldn’t let myself stay in that space for too long.

It’s a kernel of wisdom that has aged well.

It’s a constant reminder of how fleeting life can be—that things can change as swiftly and smoothly as you and I can breathe and blink. And it’s not worth living in the space of negativity for too long, for the moments of life, both good and bad, will always pass.

Life will keep moving forward. It will not wait for you to realize what’s happening around you or for you to embrace change. It will not slow down, no matter how politely you ask. It will not wait for you to catch your breath—it keeps going.

It always keeps going.

This too shall pass, this life that you were given. So let yourself be fully present in the moments of happiness. Let yourself feel the moments of joy.

Remember to breathe when the unpleasantries come—remember that they too shall pass.


author: Dina Al-Mahdy

Image: Genessa Panainte/Unsplash

Image: @elephantjournal on Instagram

Editor: Kelsey Michal

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groomsan Jun 4, 2019 4:01am

A great reminder to live in the current moment and not dwell in the hard times. Thank you!

Ellie Jun 3, 2019 4:53pm

I love it! Great daily motto! Got to share this! Thanks!

Chérie Ann Jun 3, 2019 9:27am

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Dina Al-Mahdy

Dina Al-Mahdy is an Egyptian freelance editor, translator and writer at: Elephant Journal, Bloomsbury PublishingAustin Macauley Publishers, Egypts National Center for Translation, Dawen Publishers, and Women of Egypt Magazine. Besides being a reading-promoter and a photo-blogger, she is also an associate at the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA); and a member at the International Association for Professional Translators and Interpreters (IAPTI) and the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS).Dina’s greatest loves are art, books, poetry, nature, writing, photography, translation, traveling and music. She is in a serious relationship with words. She hopes to inspire as many people as possible through her writings and to change their lives for the better. She muses at the world through a lens steeped in mindfulness, adventure and tenderness. Dina shares her thoughts on energy healing, meditation, mindfulness, relationships and the universe on FacebookLinkedin, and WordPress.