This Too Shall Pass

“And this, too, shall pass.”

This is a proverb indicating that all material conditions, positive or negative, are temporary and time solves all problems.

I once read that the great Abraham Lincoln used to have a grand affinity for this proverb. On September 30, 1859, Abraham Lincoln included a similar story in an address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society in Milwaukee. This is what he said;
“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: “And this, too, shall pass away.”

How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!

When we are in trouble, we feel that we are the only person who is facing these mountains full of doubts. But the reality is that troubles, worries, and sufferings are part of this world and no one can escape from it. Even the greatest minds, saints have not been spared. But for some, these sufferings help to discover the true meaning of life.

When we worry too much, we are not ready to listen if somebody says “don’t worry, this too shall pass”, however, the reality is that the universe is changing constantly and nothing is permanent. So are these worries and troubles. Look back, do a small fact check, remember the days right from your childhood. You might have faced so many problems and you might have worried about every little thing. But how many of those problems are still there with you? Except for physical disability, losing limbs in an accident, rest are all the worries.

Troubles go away with time. In fact, with time the worries from physical disability also fade away slowly, and people regain their old strength. This indicates that whatever state you are in, you will return to normalcy state and all the worries, hardships which are there with you now, will go away with time.

When we are in trouble, if we can stop worrying for a moment and if we can question ourselves once; “If this is happening for a higher purpose, and what would that be”, then things become very clear for us. We feel so relaxed and calm and we stop fighting against nature, which is all ready there to give us what ever we have asked for. We start feeling that there must be some higher purpose for my suffering and instead of worrying about the troubles, how if we can concentrate on searching for that higher purpose for the suffering, which can perhaps help us to get rid of the worries and problems, a lot easier and quicker.

The universe is friendly.

Let the blur picture be, and find a way to communicate with yourself because the universe needs you to do that.

Feed your thoughts with nothing but hope and possibility. The mind responds to whatever thoughts are filled in and escorts it to reality.

Everything is in the mind. You see it, believe it and act. Involuntarily. Instead, take the risk and give it a try.

All that life is, it is the journey afterall. Not the very finishing point.

—–Have hope.Keep faith—–

221 thoughts on “This Too Shall Pass

  1. Woah! I never thought I could possibly be introduced to the person like you. Your thoughts are collected, written and presented in very smart way. I wonder how much time it took for you to get this done 😀

  2. Wonderful post. We all need this reminder at times. Everything is in a constant state of flux. We can learn to take the good with the bad, because they too will pass. Very insightful! Thank you for taking the time to right this.

  3. Beautifully written and expressed! (And, being a neophyte blogger, I wish I had your ability with the site appearance!) I once read the original translation of the post-WW II German novel, Desiree, by Annamarie Selinko. In it, the main character, being chided by new in-laws while having tea, says to herself, “Everything ends, and so will this tea party”. That has become my comical way of reminding myself that “This, too, shall pass.” Everything ends, and so will this tea party.

  4. Very interestingly written. I am amazed at the profoundity of your thoughts. The write up is also motivational and inspirational. Anand Bose from Kerala

  5. Great insights. I also like your artwork, because I love birds; I also have two parakeets as pets. I like how well crafted your research is on the phrase. Thank you for addressing the problem of worrying too much. I think, at this age, I realize that concerns are not really permanent. What a blessing for you to discover these truths.

  6. Thank you for stopping by and liking my post. I have found yours delightful, especially your drawings. They are so detailed. Good thoughts on the phrase “This too shall Pass.” And it will. The only certainty we have in life is that things change. Some things seem to take forever, while others change in a flash. Children, while traveling, often ask, “Are we THERE?” They can hardly wait for their next birthday.
    But as I approach my 80th year, I wish that time had not gone by so fast, that birthdays had not whizzed by so quickly.

  7. Thank you for liking my blog; the feeling is mutual! I have a dear friend that would always console me with those very words (“this too shall pass”) and in time, I came to believe it. Loved this post; keep writing!

  8. I have OCD, Bipolar Disorder, and depression so I have to remind myself of this regularly. My dad has always been pretty good at dealing with disappointment and focusing on the enjoyment he gets out of life but I’m a worrier and I was maybe even a bigger worrier when I was very young. I never knew that about Abraham Lincoln, that’s interesting! I really like this line from your post; ‘When we are in trouble, we feel that we are the only person who is facing these mountains full of doubts. But the reality is that troubles, worries, and sufferings are part of this world and no one can escape from it. Even the greatest minds, saints have not been spared.’

    It’s true that people who are always stressed out and unhappy usually think about themselves and their suffering first and foremost, and that’s why a lot of people think depressed people are selfish. When you’re in a certain mental state it’s hard to think about anything but yourself, even though people all around you are probably struggling with problems more significant than yours.

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