"This too shall pass" reminds us that everything will pass, good and bad, thoughts, things, feelings, emotions...all will pass.
It reminds us that when we are at our most hurt that we will heal; that when we are in our darkest hours that there will be light.
It compels us to live for the moment, to not treat life like an ever retreating mirage that is always two steps ahead of us.
To live the shit out of life because all will pass and we must live the moments of joy, and experience the wonder of life now, for soon any moment of wonder will be a memory.
The phrase appears in the works of Persian Sufi poets, such as Sanai and Attar of Nishapur. Attar records the fable of a powerful king who asks assembled wise men to create a ring that will make him happy when he is sad, and vice versa. After deliberation the sages hand him a simple ring with the words "This too will pass" etched on it, which has the desired effect.
It was not long ago but perhaps the details are hazy...I've never been one for remembering the details, but for feeling the intent and the emotion...
I was with my wonderful friend in one of my last days in Vancouver. Simply doing what we do and chilling, talking and spending time with her equally wonderful family.
We went out to get some sushi for dinner, and whilst waiting in a nearby park for our food to be ready she presented a package which enwrapped a ring, beautiful in it's simplicity and with the equally simple inscription...
This too shall pass
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