Life has its ups and downs.

“Life has its ups and downs. When you are up, enjoy the scenery. When you are down, touch the soul of your being and feel the beauty.” by Debasish Mridha

That is the way life is sometimes: you can fix things up, but you cannot make them all better. Sometimes it is necessary, even important, to state the obvious. Human life has its ups and downs.

We are not very old before we are thrown into difficult situations and find we have to gather resources to cope or survive. One thing for certain in life is that it has both its ups and downs.

A common myth however is that happiness is based on the quantity of these ups and downs. Most believe that the more good moments they have rather than bad moments, then the more happy they will be overall.

Therefore, the “good” and the “bad” do not define our lives, they are just small fragments of a much larger picture. And cultivating this big picture view allows us to navigate more easily between the good, the bad, and everything in between.

Recognizing the impermanence of our lives teaches us not to cling to the “good” or run from the “bad.” It shows us how to appreciate every moment for what it is, because it is there for a reason, and it is not something that is going to last forever.

So the next time you find yourself down, do not be too surprised, because you know that it’s a necessary part of life. And do not be too worried about it either, because you know it’ll eventually change, just like everything else.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane