There are times when I am just so tied up in what others think about me that I lose parts of myself. These are the times when I feel most vulnerable, scared and lonely; when I have to remind myself that the appearance of things isn’t necessarily how they really are. Sometimes it’s so easy to be influenced by appearances that the real gets hidden. When I am able myself to see past the how things seem to be, and realize that, (as my mother used to say)’This Too Will Pass’, then I am able to focus on the larger picture. It is almost as if the negativity I am experiencing motivates me to move beyond the way things seem to the way they are: Spiritually grounded (regardless of your faith) and real.