Anna Saunders - Play Therapist

This too will pass

On Sunday, I felt rubbish.

I woke up with back pain and heard torrential rain being blown against the window by heavy wind. Everything felt horrible, inside, and out. I wanted to hide in bed and not face the day. But with a long list of things to do, I reluctantly crawled out of bed and got on with the day.

Later, that afternoon, I was walking through my local park and reflecting on the unexpected turn of the day. The rain had cleared, the sun shone gloriously, my jobs were mostly done, and my back pain had eased as I walked. The changes were so gradual, that I had hardly noticed them happening. But suddenly I was aware of feeling completely different: relaxed, at peace and happy. If you had told me at 7am that this is how the day would end, I wouldn’t have believed you.

It reminded me how all consuming our feelings can be and how scary it is when we can’t see how anything could change. I thought about a poster I once saw which read: “This too shall pass. It might pass like a kidney stone. But it will pass.”

Whatever pain or struggles you may be going through, remember, it won’t always be like this. Take heart, the sun will come out again, and like me, it may be when you least expect it.