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Things won’t always be this good (or bad).

July 30, 2012

The most important thing I’ve learned recently in my (severely lacking) practice is this:

If things are going well, that will eventually not be the case.

I realize that sounds extremely pessimistic, but it’s just the flip side of “don’t worry, things will get better.” The point being, of course, that that current moment is fleeting and things are constantly shifting and changing. “Good” days will have to end, but that’s OK, because the “bad” ones will, too. There’s something oddly comforting about accepting that things will be worse at some point, possibly very soon. In fact, I’d venture to say it’s more comforting than knowing that things are going to get better during a rough patch.

Thoughts?

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One comment

  1. “If things are going well, that will eventually not be the case.”

    Not only does experience teach this to us, it is actually a mathematical truth known as “regression toward the mean” (you can read about it on Wikipedia). Whenever an extraordinary/unlikely state exists, there is a high likelihood that it will revert to an ordinary state soon.

    One of the few and remarkable instances where mathematics can directly be applied to daily life in my knowledge.



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