Episode #129 This Will Pass

As thousands of people have died and millions have fled as refugees from the war in Ukraine, these are dark and sobering days. But there is a light at the end of each tunnel and peace around the corner of each battle. This week, Dr. Michael Brown is joined by Danijela Tomic as she reflects on her experiences living through war and offers words of hope and perspective as we navigate difficult times.

Show Notes

We can expect that life – though amazing and beautiful and sacred – is a mixed bag of really happy moments and really sad moments.
Dr. Michael Brown

Three Problems

  • There is an ebb and flow to life that guarantees we will eventually go through hard times.
  • When we fail to learn from our losses, we lose twice.
  • Life is full of unexpected circumstances, and it rarely goes as planned.

Five Principles

  • Every challenge has an end date, even if we don’t know what that date is.
  • We can experience growth and transformation even on our darkest days, and we are often at our best when life gives us no choice but to rise to the challenge.
  • We have survived every single one of the most difficult days of our lives.
  • Although we cannot control everything that happens to us, we can always choose how we will respond to what happens to us.
  • The constant awareness that our present realities are temporary can give us the strength to persevere through our very next step.

One Perspective

  • “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” – Marcus Aurelius

Three Practices

  • Remind yourself when life gets tough, “I am going to make it through this.”
  • On your darkest days, identify even a few things you can be grateful for, and keep hanging in there.
  • Consider during your most joyful moments, “All of this is temporary” in order to help you remain fully present and to appreciate those moments more deeply.