Monday, May 23, 2016

"And this too shall pass."

Like many others, I thought the saying "And this too shall pass" to be a Biblical quote. However, it is not found there. It is believed to have come from a fable written by Persian Sulfi poets of the 12th century. 
Jewish folklore credit it as a saying by King Solomon of the Old Testament, but there is no reference to it in the Bible.
On September 30, 1859, Abraham Lincoln included a similar story in an address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society in Milwaukee:
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![
Bottom line is ,all conditions - positive or negative - are temporary.

For some reason, this saying pops up in my head time and again, when I feel life drizzles a little too much venom into my everyday life. When challenges become unbearable and I feel discouraged and hedged up, I try to remember the great promises of better days and tell myself, "And this too shall pass!" 
Does it help? Am I comforted by these five words?
Yes. And hope is a great part of it. I have to have hope to believe in relief from frustrating, difficult and unbearable challenges.

I recently visited frendly and wonderful Texas. I brought home in my suitcase a sign that said. 
"Today is the perfect day for a perfect day!" It will go up on my wall as a reminder of hope and having a positive attitude, and attitude that has to do with me choosing the right.

Today's art is an oil on canvas.

Source: wikipedia