This Too Shall Pass

There is a story of a Persian monarch who wanted something made for him that would always remind him of the nature of humankind.  So, he summoned some wise men who conferred and presented the monarch with a simple ring with the words “This Too Shall Pass” inscribed on it.

Although this saying is ancient, we still hear it often.   The idea is so fundamental to the nature of our lives, we often forget it and dismiss it because of the ambiguity of the statement.

I love using it during difficult times because it brings me comfort and hope in dark times.  However, when things are going well in my life, the thought that they may end can bring me down until I realize that it does not mean good will be followed by not good, just that life is always changing and what is now will probably not be the same in the future.

It is not a scary thought when we can begin to see that whatever happens to us, whether we label it good, bad, or indifferent – it will change.  The only thing guaranteed in life is that things do change.  This is good news because if we are not constantly evolving, we are stagnating, and it is often through the challenges that we reap the greatest rewards. The choice is ours – what we do with what we have will determine what we will become.

So, know this – this too shall pass, the clouds will part, and we will one day see the sun shining in all its glory and wonder.

Quote of the Week

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”

Thich Nhat Hanh


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