Today I Tell Myself “This Too Will Pass“

This is the 3rd installment to the acceptance trilogy, after nonresistance (is that so?) and nonjudgement (maybe). Acceptance seems like an easy thing to do, but I find it difficult somehow. I have written this last March 31.

Acceptance and Nonattachment (This, Too, Will Pass)

“According to an ancient Sufi story, there lived a king in some Middle Eastern land who was continuously torn between happiness and despondency. A time came when the king finally got tired of himself and of life. He sent for a wise man who lived in his kingdom and who was reputed to be enlightened. When the wise man came, the king said to him, “I want to be like you. Can you give me something that will bring balance, serenity, and wisdom into my life? I will pay any price you ask.”

The wise man said, “I may be able to help you. But the price is so great that your entire kingdom would not be sufficient. Therefore it will be a gift to you if you will honor it.”

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. Some letters were inscribed on the ring: This, too, will pass. “What is the meaning of this?” asked the king. The wise man said, “Wear this ring always. Whatever happens, before you call it good or bad, touch this ring and read the inscription. That way, you will always be at peace.”

Those words are not telling you that you should not enjoy the good in your life, nor are they merely meant to provide some comfort in times of suffering. They have a deeper purpose: to make you aware of the fleetingness of every situation, which is due to the transience of all forms – good or bad. When you become aware of the transience of all forms, your attachment to them lessens, and you disidentify from them to some extent.”

I know what I am going through right now too, will pass, but when? It has already been a year, and I am not patient and I don’t see any improvements. Maybe I am beginning to (if not already) get attached to this frustrating lockdown. How ironic it would be if I find it difficult to let go someday!

If things (good or bad) are just fleeting, what is the point of feeling good or bad about them? I mean, could not humanity survive without feeling anything? I could imagine living in a logical and emotionless world, not different than that of robots if you must. But what would life be like then? Boring would be an understatement.

I used to believe that happiness and sadness come hand in hand. I remember instances when I thought I was so happy and could not fully appreciate the moment because at the back of my mind I was apprehensive of how long before joy will be replaced by sorrow. I need to learn to accept whatever happens and not dwell on them. Whenever I am happy, I will enjoy it while it last. Whenever I am sad, I will remember that it will pass, too.

Could you think of a moment you thought would last forever (whether good or bad) but did not?


Summer does have a way of brightening things up

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