Have you ever heard the expression “the swing of things” ?
When I think of a swing, I think of a pendulum and its up and down motion. It has highs and lows, and as long as it’s balanced, it can go on for quite some time. When I think of the expression “the swing of things”, I think of how life goes when we aren’t quite paying attention. Going to work, coming home, dinner, chores, relationships, etc. The daily, somewhat mundane, day in and day out routines we all have. We ‘swing’ about on a daily basis, some days up higher than others, but continually in motion.
I like my “swing of things”. I find it comforting – back and forth – not too fast, not too slow; just back…and…forth. Granted, not all of these things are good. There are down turns and up turns. Depending on my momentum, the down parts may take longer to get through or the good parts may seem to fly by. But, just as does a swing, the bad always ends and an upturn always comes back along.
I think of life in this way. We are all pendulums, swinging merrily away. Good things happen on our upswing. But eventually, even if it seems unfair or unwarranted, a down swing begins. And then, just when you think the sun might never shine again, out it comes… and here you come, back up again. Slowly but surely, here comes another upswing.
Knowing that there are ups and downs can help to balance you out. When I’m having good times, I try to remember and record those times, so I can hang onto them when things swing down. And when I’m down, I know that it cannot and will not last – before I know it, an upswing begins again.
So enjoy your swing. Fly high and free on the ups, and learn from and grow from the downs. But always try to enjoy the swing.