Does anything in nature despair except man? An animal with a foot caught in a trap does not seem to despair. It is too busy trying to survive. It is all closed in, to a kind of still, intense waiting. Is this a key? Keep busy with survival. Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain, psychic pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go. – May Sarton
If we accept the nature of life, we accept that there will always be low and challenging moments to deal with. What I really liked about this quote though is that it eloquently covers what conscious “action” could be taking place in such moments.
Go on living and wait for such times to pass.
Simply continuing to go about living our lives; eating, drinking, chores, work and focusing on those, we can simply outlive the challenging moments. I am not advocating passive behaviors to conflict and difficulty but a big part of dealing with challenging situations sometimes involves waiting and reacting simply to what requires our immediate action, especially when it comes to other people’s rights, and not let these moments consume our lives.
“This too shall pass”
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