This too shall pass…

It’s 6a – I’m at the kitchen table having my “quiet time” with music blaring from my 16yo’s bathroom as he getting ready for the day.

My heart is swelling.  I love these mornings. I love to hear what he’ll play today…it varies from alternative to classic rock. I love that he gets up all on his own. I love the promise of a new day and how, in his half asleep state he forgets to be a surly teenager and is sweet to his mama.

But it also got me to thinking about how things pass away.  Both the good and the bad.  I tend to associate “This too shall pass” with difficult times and it’s a blessing.

Thank goodness this’ll pass because this sucks…tomorrow’s a new day!

But it also applies to the good times…like this morning. As I am too aware, my days with  a morning DJ are winding down.

I have been practicing mindful meditation for about a year now and am using an app titled Calm to aid me some days.  Earlier this week she told a story about a farmer.  The farmer’s horse ran away and his neighbors came over to commiserate and to say how sorry they were.  “That’s terrible” they said and the farmer responded with “maybe”.  The next day the horse came back with two buddies and the friends said “That’s great” and the farmer said “maybe”.  Later, the farmer’s son tried to break one of the new horses and was thrown, injured and limped from then on.  “That’s terrible” they said – “maybe” he said.  Later, the army came through looking for boys to fight in the war and passed on the limping farmer’s son.  “That’s great…maybe.”

Mindfulness is being aware without assigning judgment.  Without grasping or clinging or projecting. Just be aware.

But what I have learned in my own mindfulness journey is that being able to just be aware requires great faith.  I always come around to Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

To be mindful is to live life fully.  It’s not be trapped in old patterns, to go through life in a fog, or in despair. It’s to acknowledge that life is both good and bad…both fun and work…has shades of emotion ranging from utter despair to complete joy. And for this Christian, it is a great reminder to live above the fray. To live with eyes on Him and to KNOW who I belong to…regardless how good or bad things are in the moment.

But it also recognizes that this too shall pass. Nothing is permanent and life marches on. So this morning I am enjoying a little Pearl Jam in my “quiet time” – relishing the moment but not clinging, not projecting, not grieving our time soon coming to an end.

Simply enjoying the love I feel for him and appreciating his fine music choice this morning. Carpe Diem y’all!

xoxoxo – DM


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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.