This Too Shall Pass

I was sitting with my mate Chris and we had one of those conversations yesterday, you know the ones where you’re having a cup of tea and a catch up with a good friend and there’s 3 or 4 topics on the go at once. 

We started to talk about books we were reading and the conversation moved onto motivational text and quotes.

Chris told me that he’d come across a quote that he’d never heard before and it really provoked some thought in him…

‘This Too Shall Pass’

So we did what any curious person does and Googled it!!!!

We went straight to the Wikipedia link as everything on there is true right and this is the story that went behind the quote…

‘The phrase appears in the works of Persian Sufi poets, such as Sanai and Attar of Nishapur.[1] 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’.

We started to play around with the saying and looking at it from the perspective of someone who believes they are happy and believes that they’ve achieved everything and there’s nothing more that they want….

and then we looked at it from the perspective of someone who truly believes that they are sad and that they’ll never ever be happy in their lifetime…

We both agreed that this is a lovely statement as it focuses the mind on the present moment… we’ve both had times when we’ve experienced pure joy but as soon as we stopped doing what it was that brought us joy the joy left and we’ve both had times of pure sadness and believed that we’d never be happy again but sure enough those times did pass.

I mentioned that my favourite ‘mantra’ of the moment was:

‘If it’s to be it’s up to me’

So again we did the decent thing and Googled it!

I never saw anything on Wikipedia but did find this lovely little video that a teacher had made for her students in America as a bit of a motivational tool so I thought I’d share it with you today..


So, I figured I’d share these two ‘mantra’s with you today to get your grey matter thinking and to keep your day fresh… Please leave a comment and let me know what sayings or phrases that you use to start your day or to get you going when things get a bit rough.

Have a magical day, 


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