This too shall pass

Anyone who has done any private work with me knows that mantras are a favorite tool.  A great mantra is like gps..reminding you of where you are going and why you are even headed in that direction.  It can be easy to forget the way in this journey called life.  Sometimes a great mantra serves as a reminder that “here” is not forever.  Temporary discomforts, disappointments and fears can overcome us if we are not careful.  Framing the situation gives it perspective.  Perspective often brings peace.

I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth by any means.  I had a difficult childhood the details of which would no doubt make a salacious Lifetime movie.  Probably a solid reason I despise Lifetime.  In any event, I believe adversity builds character.  I have an abundance and it serves me well in life and in business. Throughout my childhood there were many “character building” experiences.  When I was young I heard the phrase “This too shall pass”.   I think my Grandmother may have said it.  My young heart latched on to that phrase and began dreaming of a time that I would be grown.  I dreamt of a time when no one but me would determine my fate.  I dreamt of a time when I would be in control of my situation and my future.  That vision sustained me.

As a mature woman, I know that control is an illusion.  Life happens as it happens regardless of your plans, your preparation or your outright refusal to acknowledge it.  We do best by settling in and hanging on for the ride.  If we are lucky, we have companions on the journey that ease the trip.  No matter what life serves us…how hard, scary or uncomfortable… it is only temporary.  We lose when we give that temporary situation power over us and our future.

To brighter days my friends.  Whatever it is…relax…breathe and remember…this too shall pass.


Michelle Archer is a seasoned, veteran executive in the direct selling industry with 25 years of experience. Her past corporate and field experience gives her a fresh perspective on business, success and direct selling. She partners with young companies and individuals through executive coaching and consulting to explode their potential. Connect with her on Facebook Learn more at

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