Living with uncertainty

As I write this, the United States is in the 16th day of a government shutdown. While I am not an expert in government and politics (although I’m a lot savvier than I was two years ago), I do know that this is creating anxiety and uncertainty, as are many events happening in our country and society. So how do we deal with it all? We have to remind ourselves that life is a “marathon not a sprint”. My mother used to say “This, too, shall pass.” She was not an educated woman who only had a high school diplomato , but she was wise and strong as she had lived a difficult life.

Perhaps you are familiar with the motto that I believe was started by the folks at AA. I have this is on my bulletin board and look at it daily. Mine is an expanded version: “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Grant me the patience for the changes that take time, an appreciation for all that I have, tolerance for those with different struggles, and the strength to get up and try again one day at a time. Grant me the serenity to accept that the persons I cannot change, the courage to change the person I can and the wisdom to know that person is me.”

There is a sticker on my guitar case that says: “The time to do the right thing is now.”

So in the midst of so much uncertainty and stress, we need to do what we can do in our own lives and always do the right thing……now. And just keep breathing knowing that this, too, shall pass. Everything in life is impermanent.