This too shall pass…REALLY???

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By Kenneth Justice

In 24 hours I board a plane to Boston so I wasn’t too thrilled to find out the hot water tank at my house is no longer working.

~ Its been one of those weeks; a broken hot water tank, a gas leak at one in the morning, the timing belt blew on one of my favorite cars and the auto mechanic said it’s time to send it to the graveyard, two days ago I found out that the furnace needs to be replaced, and those are just a few of the things that have gone on in my life this week.

But I’m not complaining. In the midst of everything falling apart around me I feel very much at peace. I keep thinking of the colloquialism “The best is yet to come”.

Usually when bad things happen stress levels tend to go up. Whether you’re going through a breakup, a close friend died, or you’ve lost your job; it can feel overwhelming when things happen to you that seem out of your control. Yet ultimately the age old wisdom is true, “This too shall pass”.

In the past year I’ve met with hundreds of fellow bloggers, readers, and strangers who have sat at my coffee tables around the country. I’ve heard many stories of excitement and wonder, and I’ve also heard more than a few stories of sadness and despair.

One of the first people I met at the beginning of the tour told me about her experience as a child and being molested by her step-father. You would think that such a tragedy occurring at a young age could ruin a person for life; but this woman’s story was everything but tragic. She’s now extremely successful, with multiple degrees, and has a beautiful family of her own. Every time I think of her I realize how fortunate I am to know her and to have had the opportunity to actually meet in her in person. People like this woman are inspiring. In the face of tragedy they rise to great heights.

The best is yet to come

When I started my blog in early 2013 I had no idea what to expect. All these months later, I now find myself getting ready to board a plane to Boston in order to visit coffee shops and experience life outside of my own backyard. It’s pretty wild when I think about it, and I can’t even imagine what the next year holds.

Yesterday I had the awesome opportunity to be a part of a podcast which will be posted this coming Monday (more news and information will follow in the coming days). A regular weekly audio program in which myself and a fellow blogger will be featuring bloggers from around the world each week. If you’ve come to enjoy the conversations and dialogue I share via my blog about the people I meet at coffee, then you may also enjoy listening to the back and forth dialogue between us on our podcast.

My co-host for the podcast, Kylie, is a music major and accomplished composer. I don’t know the first thing about podcasts and all the technical information related to putting them together. But thanks to the blogging world I was connected to Kylie who put together a fantastic show. Late last night I heard the final product of our first episode and realized how thankful I am for all the people I’ve met through the blogging world this year.

The best is yet to come

So right now I’m thankful. Sure, it seems like everything started to fall apart in my life this past week, but I have to cling to the hope that ‘this too shall pass’. Tomorrow I board a plane for Boston with no reservations and no idea where I’ll be sleeping or who I’ll be hanging out with; the adventure continues in 24 hours and all I can think is how thankful I am for every single reader to my blog who has blessed me with their comments, encouragement, and support throughout this past year.

Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee this morning,

Kenneth

—– Would you like to be a guest on our podcast? Are you a blogger, reader, or someone who would like to share your thoughts on life, culture, love, or anything in particular? We’re currently setting up guest spots so contact me here or send me an email and I’ll get you the necessary information.



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70 replies

  1. A podcast…REALLY??? Funny that the person you are doing it with has the same name as me. Oh, wait…that IS me. 😉 I think people will be really excited to get to know you (and me) in a whole new way. Can’t wait to share it on Monday!

  2. Ooh…podcast. That sounds exciting… Okay, I have heard of them but really have no clue what they are. Please do give us the 411 on when and where…and do we have to listen live? It sounds like it…that might be tricky. I’d like to hear more about it. 🙂

    My experience in life has been when everything is falling to pieces at the same time…or —- happens, greater things are just around the corner. 🙂

  3. Not only will the stressful week pass but in the end everything will be more or less ok. I’m glad you did decide to do the podcast. I look forward to hearing it and I’d be happy to be a guest if you ever need me.

  4. Great blog and I’m looking forward to what comes next. X

  5. Wow! Look at your zen in the middle of a tough week!
    Have a wonderful day, I hope the issues get resolved quickly and very cost effectively 🙂 Travel safe!

  6. Doing that podcast must have been fun and a learning experience. I use podcasts a lot to keep up with many favorite programs. I will be watching for your details.

    When I read ‘Tomorrow I board a plane for Boston with no reservations ‘ it gave me pause. I thought there is no way you will make it without a reservation. Then, I read more of the sentence. HA!

  7. ‘The best is yet to come..’
    The line you have used is a version of the line from a poem by Robert Browning entitled Rabbi Ben Ezra; the first stanza goes like this:

    Grow old along with me!
    The best is yet to be,
    The last of life, for which the first was made:
    Our times are in His hand
    Who saith “A whole I planned,
    Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!”

    It is a wonderful mantra for these days, don’t you think?

  8. Ahh, this too shall pass. That’s one thing we can always count on, things will change. I empathize about the hot water tank, it seems as if chasing running hot water has been a theme in my life. These days I never so much as wash my hands without saying a prayer of gratitude for hot running water. Every shower, every load of dishes, is always all about being grateful for the hot running water. There may be other things in life I take for granted, but hot running water is not one of them.

  9. I am so excited to hear your podcast! 😀

    I’m also in a “this too shall pass” phase. We’ve got stressful situations coming out the wazoo…yet my husband and I had the most lovely evening together last night. I think it’s one of the beauties of getting older that we realize the stressful stuff is only a fraction of what we have going on at any moment…the nice stuff is always there, too. 🙂

  10. This is great to hear and to think about. I have been having a crappy few days lately, but not I am realizing that it’s because something great is about to happen. Change is good, and change is a’comin’.

    • I’ll get back to your email for sure Rhan! I’ve been running around like I’m going a million miles per hour…. the last two months have been bezerk but after Boston this weekend I’m taking a much longer break to catch up on everything

  11. For what it’s worth– I’ve been there. Our hot water heater died right when we were supposed to invest in a trip out of state to witness the wedding of two of our best friends. Then the furnace died. Then the car had an issue. Because they all happened at the same time, husband and I missed the opportunity to meet their family, and be close to them at the happiest day of their lives. Fortunately, I have since met their families and whatnot, and at least went to the baby shower. The last blow was this meant I couldn’t visit my cousin, which I haven’t done in at least 5 years. I mean, we MIGHT have been able to go if the car hadn’t done something awful, too. Not flying wasn’t the end of the world. But… the car needing repairs meant we couldn’t afford to rent a car on top of everything else. All this went down in the SAME week.

    We survived. And hey, having a new hot water heater is nice. Invest in a good one if you can possibly afford it. Trust me, it’s worth it. You don’t want to have to worry about this again in 10 years.

  12. Ha ha interviewed by the CultureMonk and Kylie. now that be something. let the coffee be hot and ready.

    A new part of in your journey with sound of slurping coffee go Dude,

    • Could we ever get the great Ranting Crow on as a guest? Maybe here some of those awesome thoughts of the day or hear the creative mind behind sensual Sundays?

    • I was wonting to ask if you ever thought of someone you would love to have on there.
      And honoured you stand here asking Little old me.
      Send me the Info and we will share some wisdom and coffee

  13. I love podcasts. I listen to a lot of podcasts, and I will most certainly listen to yours. I would gladly be a guest on your podcast, but I will admit I’m not the quickest conversationalist.

  14. I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a bad week on the home front, Kenneth. And yes, this too will pass. Every time I’ve reached the bottom of the barrel, something good has come just in the nick of time, so I’m a great believer in that ‘all things happen for a reason’ in our lives and the important thing is to learn from the bad stuff and move on with the good stuff.

    Maybe these ‘hiccoughs’ at home are telling you to slow down and take things a little easier.

    Perhaps a weekend off every month should be mandatory in your project. I’m sure your family would think so. Blogging can be fun. Meeting strangers and hearing their stories must be amazing. But Silence is a great healer and regenerator. Perhaps take some more time out for rest and recuperation. It doesn’t matter how much time this tour takes. What matters is the actually doing (of it).

    As they say, Life is not about the destination (how ever many towns, cities & countries you’ve planned to visit), life is about the journey (and the people and stories you meet along the way). One story less will not be the end of the world.

  15. Looks like the rainbow brightening your way. Looking forward hearing about your podcast. Exciting!
    Sorry about the rough week you had, Superhero Lucky Dude 😀
    Congrats and good luck with your hustling 😊

  16. This too shall pass. That’s the thought that comforted me through labor! I hate it when stuff breaks around the house. It ranks up there with car trouble, so you are having a BAD week, but maybe someone on Marblehead will give you a great place to stay. Boston never disappoints.

  17. Wow I wrote about something similar today, well sort of. Thank you for being such an inspiration explore and play and learn and have FUN in this blessing of a thing called life. 🙂

    Peace, always, always ~ Allison

  18. When “hell” is breaking loose around me. I ask myself. In one year will this matter? Most of the time my answer is no. For those times it isn’t no. I ask the Lord to teach me what I need to learn in order to travel to the next “life crossroad”. This journey to becoming who I was created to be is challenging at times, but it’s also one I will never regret beginning.

  19. Part of the relevance of podcasts is that even the blind find ways to access them. I listen to a lot of podcasts of pro-lifers refuting pro-choice arguments.

  20. KJ – no wisdom. Just a thank you for a beautiful picture of a gorgeous sunset!! One of those days when sitting on a beach appeals … REALLY Appeals!!!! 🙂

  21. Well, on the bright side, at least your furnace broken when you don’t need it. It would suck if your AC was out just before the summer. I’ve always lived by the philosophy that everything will happen as it should. In that way, I’m able to feel rather content with my life even when things go wrong.

  22. That’s great news about the podcast! How fun!

    I think it’s wonderful that you go out and meet so many people, with such varying backgrounds and stories. Listening to other people and hearing about the obstacles they’ve run into and have overcome, is the best way for us to overcome our own. It really puts our issues into perspective. Most of the time, they’re not nearly as serious as we make them out to be – not when compared to the issues of others.

  23. Well done Kenneth. I hope it goes great for both of you. Kylie is an awesome writer with an awesome mind. I won’t put my hand up to become a guest because I haven’t a clue about podcasts or twitter. Best of luck!

  24. hooray for podcasts! I need some new ones for my daily commute. and I think you have a great passion for connecting with people and telling their stories, which always makes for an interesting idea. and I’d love to hear from you about guesting (if that’s a word). I have a blog of my own I can pass along to you to check out if you’re interested in it.

  25. Culture Monk, channel your inner Elsa and Let It Go! I’d love to be a guest on your Podcast! FUUUUUN!

  26. Well, I’m far off the beaten path and since I am unlikely to come meet you in person, I’d like to be a guest on your podcast. It would be really nice to get back into that sort of thing as I dabbled a bit in it.

  27. I can only hope that this too shall pass lol… though I refer to my funk instead of equipment failures. I am sorry to hear about all of that. That sucks. I hope you have a great time in Boston. Where can us readers listen to these podcasts? I have to admit to not knowing much about them either lol. I’m not sure about being on one but I’d like to hear what folks have to say. I think that will be another grand adventure for you. 🙂

    • Its gonna pass Jen…. maybe I can figure out a way to make it to southern Cal and then swing by your area…I can’t promise anything but I would love to try and make it happen. A little tea for you and coffee for me and we’ll put a permanent smile on your face maybe :-0)

    • Well, it’s all good. You don’t need to change or rearrange plans to come out here unless you were already thinking of southern Cali then fine. So be it. It would be fun to hang out though. 🙂 I just feel it’s real clear that I need to find a way back to Denver. Plain and simple. It’ll happen. It will.

  28. I have been having some car and house issues myself lately so I can relate. I take them a lot more in stride than I used to. The podcast sounds great. I work in front of a computer 10 hrs a day and I go through a lot of them. Keep us posted and have a great time in Boston.

  29. New fan here, I think a podcast would be an excellent idea!

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