February 23rd 2015
As a child I always thought the phrase "This too shall pass" came from King Solomon in the Bible, but I've never been able to find it in my searching. Most sources I've looked at think it's a Persian proverb from around 1200AD. The proverb means that all material conditions, whether good or bad, are transient. This proverb has the ability to make the happy person sad and the sad person happy because of the realisation that both the 'best and worst of times' will soon pass. As the saying goes, "you can''t have hills without valleys"
I love the quote as it remins us all that regardless of how life treats us, the moment will soon pass.
The legend of the quote finds its roots in the court of a powerful eastern Persian ruler who called his sages (wise men) to him, including the Sufi poet Attar of Nishapur, and asked them for one quote that would be accurate at all times and in all situations. The wise men consulted with one another, and threw themselves into deep contemplation, and finally came up with the answer...
"this too, shall pass".
The ruler was so impressed by the quote that he had it inscribed in a ring.
Similarly, Phillipians 4:12 gives talks about having contentment in our highs and lows "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."
Did you know that around one in four people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year? Life in the Western World just seems to get crazier and crazier and keeping the plates of family, finances, work and a whole host of other things going on around us daily just seems to get harder and harder. For many, one more incident like a bereavement, illness or financial crisis can tip us over the edge and we really feel we can't cope.
Ian's brilliant message "Your right to be happy" yesterday tackling the subject of depression may have encouraged you to work on some area of your life in building friendships or making plans to work in that job that you'd love to be doing. For other's though, finding the motivation to do this might be beyond you at the moment. If that's you then please talk to someone today and seek help. If that's us here at ABC then please drop as a call or email today in complete confidence. We're here to listen and help.
Have a great week!
PS: You may find these NHS pages on "Low mood and depression" helpful.