It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

Uncategorized Oct 06, 2020

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Charles Dickens wrote these words during the French Revolution in 1859, A Tale of Two Cities.

He continues:

"It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us …”

How timely are his words.

We are living in challenging times.  It feels like everything is collapsing around us which creates tremendous overwhelm and fear.  Uncertainty and concern for our future based on an assault on our health, economy and our values.  So how do we find calm, peace and love.  

I love this definition and hope it will guide your week as it has mine.


  1. mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.
    "she accepted both the good and the bad with equanimity"

What a beautiful lesson on what is required to accept both the good and the bad so we can find equanimity.  Not to get attached by either.  Not to be pulled off course and out of control, mentally, emotionally and physically

How do I find equanimity. I choose to be an observer.  Not to bounce from side to side being hit back and forth like a ball on a tennis court.  But to be positioned at one end of the net. 

Staying in stillness, looking down the line and observing the world flipping one way or the other.  Holding my heart space in equanimity.  Not allowing my emotions, thoughts and wellbeing get smacked.  Seeing that this too shall pass and believing it has a purpose.

We will understand our errors and find a way back to our heart center knowing we need each other, our planet and the universe that sustains us.  I believe the pendulum has swung and soon it will reset in equanimity.

Find your center.  Take deep breaths.  Believe everything is happening to teach us what great blessings we have been given so we can build anew.  Build a world that future generations will inherit because we haven’t destroyed it…

Michelle Skaff
Life Architect



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