THIS TOO SHALL PASS AWAY

 

There is an old old legend - the words are wise and true and enduring.  They have helped people all over the world by giving comfort to the afflicted, courage to the frightened, hope to the worried and distressed.

 

Long ago an Eastern monarch plagued by many worries, harassed on every side, called his wise men together.  He asked them to invent a motto, a few magic words that would help him in time of trial or distress.  It must be brief enough to be engraved on a ring, he said, so that he could have it always before his eyes.  It must be appropriate to every situation, as useful in prosperity as in adversity.  It must be a motto wise and true and endlessly enduring, words by which a man could be guided all his life, in every circumstance, no matter what happened. 

 

The wise men thought and thought, and finally came to the monarch with their magic words.  They were words for every change or chance of fortune, declared the wise men ..... words to fit every situation, good or bad .... words to ease the heart and mind in every circumstance.  And the words they gave the monarch to engrave on his ring were

                                                  THIS TOO SHALL PASS AWAY.