Keep Calm and Carry on

Although the “keep calm” meme has exploded ad nauseam, it is a valuable piece of advice and very much aligns with a couple of my favorite mottos:

The only way out is through.

When you’re going through hell, keep going.

As I have many times before in my life, I am dealing with disappointment over something. Last night, it weighed heavy on my heart and mind. This morning, with a good night’s sleep and a new day ahead of me, it feels a little less severe.

I have not lived a charmed life by any sense of the imagination. I have had, arguably, more than my fair share of struggle and pain, physical and emotional. (Many have or had it much worse, I’m sure.) Although I don’t consider myself particularly strong, I have managed to survive everything because, after my initial emotional reaction to things,  I am usually quite pragmatic and tend to accept things the way they are and, if life is throwing something at me, I know that the only way out of it is to move on through it.

We all have our struggles. The best way to deal with them is to meet them head on, acknowledge how we feel, what’s happening, and what lies ahead, and then move on through it, with our eyes focused on the other side, embracing the belief that, at some point, we’ll make it through it all, just as we always have.

So I’m keeping calm and carrying on, a little worse for wear, but carrying on none the less.

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6 Responses to Keep Calm and Carry on

  1. Urspo says:

    quite sensible indeed: keep calm and carry on.

  2. truthspew says:

    Keep on – keep keepin’ on.

  3. Robert says:

    I have a tendency to blow things out of proportion so this is sound advice, I find being in the moment helps too.

  4. {{{{{hugs}}}}} to the sassybear!

  5. javabear says:

    Oh yes. Please carry on.

    I saw one on a bumper sticker the other day: Keep Calm and Mommy On. I can relate.

    I remember the exact moment that “the only way out is through” became real to me. And it’s literal. When I was in labor with my second child, it came time to push. First push… ouch. (I’m paraphrasing here.) And I realized there was only one way to do this, so I’d best just get it done. I worked with purpose on the second push and that’s all it took. I had a son!

    You’re in my thoughts today, Sassybear. You, and teeth and gums.*
    *I went to the dentist for my semiannual teeth cleaning today.

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