Every once in a while you run across something that puts a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. This music video does that for me. It doesn’t stop with the smile and the bounce, though, as the lyrics to the song are a good reminder for all of us. The message is simple – When the morning comes, things will probably look better. Let the worry go. This too will pass.
I think middle-schoolers and high-schoolers should watch this video as often as needed. A little encouragement with a smile and a bounce can be a good thing. Enjoy!

(*It is true that a music video doesn’t hold the ultimate answer to life’s distresses. Good mental health depends on a positive connection with the Holy Spirit, combined with a good understanding of how our brains work (e.g. – choice theory). Within this context, though, an upbeat piece of music can lift the thinking and the feeling. I can’t vouch for all of OK GO’s music, although their videos are really fun and creative. Also, thanks to the Notre Dame marching band.)

PS – Good mental health includes the ability to consciously and intentionally decide that “this too shall pass.” From a total behavior perspective we run into problems when the rear wheel Feeling tire gets too big. When this happens it is a helpful to practice the “this will pass” skill, especially when we are reminded of passages like –

Because the Lord is my shepherd I have everything I need. Ps. 23:1

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have died. I cried out, “I’m slipping!” and your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalms 94:17-19

3 Responses to “This Too Shall Pass”

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  1. Tim Mitchell says:

    I LOVE THIS. Kids can be so creative.

    For an older generation it was, “The sun’ll come up tomorrow; bet yer bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun.”

    • Jim Roy says:

      Check out some of OK Go’s other videos, especially the Rube Goldberg extravaganza.

      • Nina Dunseth says:

        🙂 A happy reminder of a phrase that I have learned to use the last years. A great help. As a “feeling” person it has helped a lot to let it go, and to think that it will pass – at least for the moment. Later it is so much easier to think clearly about the matter. Very often I let it pass also afterwards. Though it feels SO important at the time, it feels even more important to know that I can choose to let it pass.

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