2 years ago
Last edited at 3:01AM on 9/9/2011
There's a fable about an Indian maharajah who sentenced his three wise men to death. "However," he said, "if, by tomorrow morning you can give me something that will make me happy and sad both at the same time, I will spare your lives."
They thought for a while then called in the royal jeweller.
When the maharajah called the men to him next morning they presented him with a ring.
"Do you think a mere ring will save your lives?" he asked.
"Read the inscription, your Majesty," said one.
The maharajah looked, and there, engraved on the inside of the ring, were the words, "This too shall pass."
He was sad, because he realised that in spite of all his wealth and power he would one day pass away and all would be lost; but he was also happy because he realised that when bad things happened, they too would pass.
So the three wise men got to live, and I got to answer your question.
It's like another old saying -- "On the best of days, on the worst of days, the sun always sets."
I think the phrase "this, too, shall pass", as stated above, means that when you're in your darkest hour, feel free to hold on to some hope that at some point you will resolve the issue and move on. Don't say it to others, though, it is very dismissive. "I'm sorry for your loss" or "I can't imagine how you feel" I think are acceptable. Someone said it to me once in a patronizing tone and I shook my head and walked away.