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—–

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221 thoughts on “This Too Shall Pass

  1. While travelling last year I realised there were two things in tended to live by that are similar to yours … it is what it is … that we have to deal with things as they are presented to us … and does it matter … does it matter in one’s lifetime, does it matter in the context of the world in which we all live and should help each other and all living things …

  2. I’ve always loved by this exact phrase. It has been my motto to get through in life. And face the circumstances or resp the benefits as the situation calls for, headstrong. It’s nice to read someone else’s thoughts on matters that have significant meaning to ourselves.
    You’ve summed the whole thing up beautifully with a ribbon on top. Wonderfully written piece. Loved it! Keep posting. Cheers!

  3. Hmmm… I’m also a big fan of this phrase (because it’s literally accurate), but I don’t exactly agree with this whole post. Though I still consider myself Muslim, I’m agnostic more than anything else, and I must confess that I no longer really believe in “everything happens for a reason” type sentiments. While I think reminding oneself that everything, good and bad, will pass has real and psychological value, for me the notion that hardship has some greater purpose just doesn’t resonate. (It’s that damn legal training I recently got, lol.) I love your writing and your art (I’m a comic book fan, lol) though! 😃👍🏾

  4. I absolutely love this! 😄 I love the way that you also brought in a price of his history with this verse, being a historian it was really cool to read and something I look forward to sharing with others. Also if those are drawings your doing their beautiful! I do that on my blog too so really cool to see someone else doing it too 😄

  5. I love your drawings Aishwarya, what beauty. The bird is just perfect and so are the trees.
    As to your clear and forthright writing, you really have found the truth early in life. I heard the same sentence “This too shall pass” in a very interesting
    moral story about a buddhist monk. How true and I was so glad to hear that Abraham Lincoln had used this in his address.
    bless
    Miriam
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  6. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28, NKJV)

    For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (II Corinthians 4:17,18, NKJV)

    This is a wonderful blog post. I really enjoyed it!

  7. Aishwarya, what an amazing gift you have in matching your words with your artwork–truly beautiful! I disagree in one important area (and I expect that Abraham Lincoln would differ as well): That God, the Creator of the universe, is much more than “friendly” to those who seek Him . . . He is Sovereign and He is Good. But there is a warning in the Bible that says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) Thank you for liking my post so I could meet you today–God IS certainly good!

  8. Very well written Aishwarya. It’s interesting to be reminded that the Western interest in Eastern philosophy is not a new phenomenon. Both cultures have a lot to learn from each other, as ol’ Abe knew!

  9. Thank you so much for this enlightening and inspiring post. Beautiful words with exquisite artwork, elevating us to a higher realm of understanding. You are truly gifted. Thank you for sharing your gift.

    Thank you also for stopping by my blog.

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