This Too Shall Pass

Virgin Island Sunrise

This too shall pass,” is something my grandma used to say. It’s a reminder that when times are tough (or conversely, insanely good) that they are just temporary.

Sometimes life deals us a terrible blow. Other times you realize that you have to cut your losses and move on.

It is truly in the worst of times that we come to appreciate, not only the great fruit life offers, but also the subtleties of normalcy; the simple leisurely coffee; an hour of play time with your child; a fun day at work when it all goes right.

Many of you know I was flooded last week. Hardly a unique situation on the East Coast. There were fires in Texas, too. And of course many of us lost a friend or well liked social media acquaintance in Trey Pennington.

You have to get up and keep going through these times.

This is not a tough guy goad to muscle through it. Pain is and should be felt during such moments. You’re not supposed to be OK. This kind of pain produces appreciation for joy, in that most desperate way, repealing innocence and in its place leaving the eyes and scars of experience.

It really sucks dealing with the flood, and living in temporary housing while my house gets fixed up. Watching my family grapple with it, too, is really hard. It is infuriating to listen to inept Fairfax County officials shirk responsibility for an over-taxed, construction silt-laden Cameron Run that has produced two hundred year floods in five years. There is the insurance dodge ball game over tens of thousands of dollars in damages. And it is so hard watching an entire blue collar neighborhood suffer through this. Again.

Easing the pain are the friends who stand by you. You find your real friends in such times. They offer you housing, or check in and see how you are doing. Perhaps they drive by and pitch in a hand removing valuables turned junk. You know who you are. Thank you.

But have no doubt, this too shall pass. Life will change, it always does. And it makes you truly appreciate the good and the simple.

Back up, back to it, in pain or with joy, embrace the moment and move forward. This too shall pass. The sun will rise again.


  • Geoff, 
    Agreed!  When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.  You may not appreciate the event when it happened, but to have the opportunity to connect with friends is priceless.  Sometimes we may take our friends for granted until we really need them, and then realize how priceless true friendship is!  
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.  We all have challenges and it’s great to have a reminder that ‘this too shall pass”….

  • Geoff, you’re so right about calamity and hardship honing our appreciation for joy.  Life is definitely filled to the brim with opportunities for contrast and it does make life richer. I’m really sorry, for now, however, for the grind that recovery after disaster represents. It’s especially tough watching your family grapple with it. Even there it can be said that with the proper dose of compassion, it helps build character in children as well. Giving maximum opportunity for not just adults but children as well to pitch in to help others will help heal sore feelings. That’s the stuff of community-building as well — a topic you need no coaching in.

    As for Trey, I’m still too stunned to believe it. That’s the kind of event that really makes you wonder who’s suffering right now, and not saying anything……Thanks for letting us in to just be witnesses. Sometimes that’s a help.

    • Little people are resilient creatures.  We will see how it all turns out. I am sure if handled well, you are right, it will be a  character building moment.

  • hoping the sun shines soon.

  • Your post is timely, my friend. You are right. This too shall pass. Wishing you and your family a quick transition from flooded to dry and home again. xoxo

  • Sorry to hear Geoff! My girlfriend lives in Waitsfield Vermont. I was up there last wed-sat. I saw the devastation in Waitsfield, Waterbury and Morestown. The road I normally take rte 100 through Rochester is closed. I drove back the saturday before Irene. That really quaint town was isolated because both bridges were swept away. I Waterbury which got hit really bad in most areas you can not tell they were under water like the town common looks normal. But many homes have first floors that were gutted. My girlfriend’s folks have friends who’s wood fired pizza restaurant was almost destroyed. And I was told in Waterbury the state dropped off the 18-wheeler sized dumpsters up and down streets and people just tossed half their first floor belongings and furniture.

    I can just imagine what you have gone through. Peace Love and Blessings to a quick return to normalcy for you my friend.

    • Yeah, you would be familiar then with the scenes on my street. I am sorry for your girlfriend’s troubles, and her parents. I know many in the U.S. are dealing with this kind of flooding right now. It’s a terrible thing to deal with, and I wish your folks well with this.

  • Hang in there, Geoff. The sun will come out again. Been thinking of you this weekend. I hope the cleanup goes quickly for you and your neighbors, and some normalcy returns soon.

  • Beautifully put. Your grandma was a smart lady. Just thinking of what my grandparents went through makes my troubles often seem trivial. Thinking of you and your fam and wishing repairs move quickly for you.

  • “The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak
    which breaks in a storm.”- Confucius

    Keep putting one foot in front of the other, sir, and you can’t help but end up elsewhere in due time. Like you said, this too shall pass.

  • “The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak
    which breaks in a storm.”- Confucius

    Keep putting one foot in front of the other, sir, and you can’t help but end up elsewhere in due time. Like you said, this too shall pass.

  • I just have one silver lining to share: The photos of Soleil watching herself in the closet door mirror are priceless. 

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