There’s a fascinating story about the biblical King Solomon. It is said that he was searching for a cure against depression. He assembled his wise men together, which gave him the following advice: to craft himself a ring engraved with the words ‘This too will pass.’
The King carried out the advice. He had the ring made and would wear it at all times. Whenever he felt sad and depressed, he’d look at the ring, whereupon his mood would change and he would feel cheerful…
Life’s so fragile. It is almost funny. We do these great things, build societies, wage wars against one another. We accumulate knowledge, power, wealth…
We do everything we can to announce the darkness that is soon to come that we will not be diminished by the brevity of our lives.
It’s just a fancy way of saying that we all die. We’re all just human. Mortals in a seemingly immortal world. Rust and stardust among an infinity of stars and darkness.
That’s how insignificant we are. How insignificant our troubles are. Our achievements. Our issues with one another.
I try to find the good in all situations because of this. It’s a way to distance myself whenever I become too attached to something.
This too shall pass.
Everything will pass. This world, and everything in it.
Whenever I catch myself taking things too seriously, I force myself to take a step back. To realize how ridiculous it all is. I’m just a speck of cosmic dust. You are too.
“Memento mori,” as the Romans would say. “You’re only a man.”
I believe in a warrior type of life. In being in the top 1% at whatever you choose to do. To struggle and fight for things. To always challenge yourself. To go beyond. To improve daily. To admit defeat, but never accept it. To keep your head high, to aim high, to give your best.
That’s what I believe in.
I also believe that life’s a beautiful thing. It is. It’s magic. Without it, you’d be dead.
The good and the bad and the ugly, all are here to come and go.
We are but rust and stardust in a seemingly infinite universe…
We should do well to remember that during our darkest nights, and during our brightest days. We should also remind ourselves of the fact that even the darkest hour only lasts sixty minutes. Not a minute longer.
This too shall pass.
It’s an important reminder for us to consider as way to comfort us during our most troubling times, as well as a sobering sentence when we feel invincible because of our good fortune.
As Charlie Chaplin would say, “Nothing lasts forever in this wicked world. Not even our troubles.”
Whatever you’re going through, whatever is happening in your life, remember that it will pass. Do your best to cherish the moment, the good, the bad, the ugly, because you won’t ever have the chance to experience it again.
This too shall pass. Whether we want to or not. Whether we feel like going on or not. Whether what didn’t kill us made us wish it did or not.
It is not easy to remind ourselves of this, which is why it’s such a powerful exercise, one that helps us let go of our desire for an order that best suits us in a chaotic universe.
This too shall pass. Not when we want it to, not because we want it to, but it will pass.