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In the midst of our pursuits in  life, we experience many simple happy moments as well as wonderful life affirming events like births, graduations and marriages. And at  other times, certain events frustrate and challenge us. We seem to have little or no control over them. Despite adopting a ‘positive thinking’ attitude, we are faced regularly with minor  problems like traffic or surly people. Less frequently, we find ourselves shaken by traumatic events like death, sickness or accidents that rock the foundation of our existence. It happens to every human being.

No one is exempt from life’s polarities.

Here’s a tale in ancient Hebrew that might change your perspective 🙂

A king called all of his wise men and counselors together for a meeting. He addressed them and said, “I want you to go and think, read, and research. Consult the wisest and most learned men in the land. Spare no expense.”

“I want you to find the ONE statement that will get me through all situations in life. Whether I am on top of the world or in the pits, find that statement.”

“I don’t want to learn long and complicated philosophies. I want one simple statement. Find it or write it; I don’t care, just bring me the statement.”

The men left and consulted for months.

They finally returned and handed the King a scroll.

The King unrolled the scroll. On it was written four


That was it.

The wise men explained.

When you are on top of the world, that is but a fleeting moment, things change, always remember, this too shall pass.

When you are in the pits, all nights are followed by day, at your lowest moments remember also, this too shall pass.

All external circumstances and material things change.

No matter what your circumstances, remember,


The wise men reminded the great King that this

would get him through his earthly things but the truly wise knew there were things beyond this

earth and life. . .

Things that were eternal.

True wisdom they reminded the King was in the ability to recognize the fleeting temporal things

of the material world from the truly eternal things.

O Great King they said, “Most of the things that you worry or gloat about are temporary and our four words apply.”

For most of your situations. . .



In our life, we encounter happy or sad moments daily. When it happens we get swept away by the moment, feeling elated, angry, sad or overwhelmed and we lose our sense of balance or inner equilibrium.

The right approach at this transient time would be to maintain our balance, accept and learn from the moment, take it in our stride while remaining detached. Become an observer instead of being a victim of circumstances – remember this moment too shall pass.

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