Wednesday, November 24, 2010

This too shall pass

Graduation has passed like all things. I now look forward to the BA graduation which I will sponsor and then Christmas. But everything does pass and embracing that reality is all we can do to try and stop it crushing us.

'This too shall pass ... The phrase appears in the works of Persian Sufi poets, such as Sanai and Attar of Nishapur. Attar records the fable of a powerful king who asks assembled wise men to create a ring that will make him happy when he is sad, and vice versa. After deliberation the sages hand him a simple ring with the words "This too will pass" etched on it, which has the desired effect.'

Our only defence, I feel, is the inner smile and the fact that you can always find things to marvel at. This morning, walking out of the airport after saying bye to Sis, the air cold, the car park deserted, all of us sad I then looked at that amazing tree growing near the entrance to the tunnel leading to Burger King and thought, what an amazing tree, so solid, so beautiful, living in that spot. And the smile came back. It really is an amazingly beautiful tree.

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