In a world that is ever-changing, it is important to remember, that the good, the bad, and everything in between, shall pass. If we cling on and refuse to let go, we will react to every change. The moment we realize this, we will approach life differently. We will live freely and learn to appreciate each moment.
“According to an ancient story, there once lived a king in a Middle Eastern land. The king was continuously torn between happiness and agony. The smallest things could make him really upset or give him an intense emotional reaction, so his happiness easily turned into disappointment and despair.
One day the king got tired of himself and started seeking a way out. He sent for a wise man living in his kingdom. The wise man was reputed for being enlightened. When he arrived, the king said to him, “I want to be like you. Can you bring me something that gives balance, peace and serenity in my life? I will pay whatever price you like.” The wise man replied, “I can help you, but I will give it to you as a gift, if you will honor it.” The king gave his assurances, and the wise man left.
A few weeks later he returned, and handed the king an ornate box carved in jade. The king opened the box, and found a simple gold ring inside. The inscription on the ring read, “This, too, shall pass.” “What is the meaning of this?” asked the king. The wise man replied, “Wear this ring always. Whatever happens, before you call it good or bad, touch the ring and read the inscription. That way, you will always be at peace.”