Life is a constant series of ups and downs.
One mantra that helps me accept and cope with these swings is this:
“Enjoy when you can. Endure when you must.”
I first heard this advice from long-time T-nation writer, Chris Shugart who shared this phrase sometime around 2007 or 2008 but it dates back to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who left us quite a library of powerful quotes.
We all go through phases, cycles, whatever you want to call them… and this simple phrase has helped me get through some tough times – and get more enjoyment from the good times.
I talk a lot about awareness and how it creates choice.
This is another example of how awareness can help us, in these instances by being aware of the wave of life we’re in/on – a cycle of enduring or enjoying.
These can be micro, macro, meta… the key is to realize that none of them are permanent. Good or bad, they will pass.
So if things are great, smile, soak it up and enjoy it. Recognize the blessing or fortune and express gratitude. Don’t take it for granted.
If things suck, know it will pass and choose to see it as an opportunity to flex our fortitude and resilience.
Oh, and a note on the word endure, the base of endurance…
Endurance is defined as the ability to endure: Endure (verb) = to remain in existence, to last through possibly painful or difficult circumstances patiently; to persevere, to keep going.
What other option do we have? To quit? I’m not taking that route. Are you?