This too, shall pass



King Solomon's Request, the origin of "This too, shall pass."

And This Too Shall Pass

One day, Solomon decided to humble Benaiah ben Yehoyada, his most trusted minister.

He said to him, "Benaiah, there is a certain ring that I want you to bring to me. I wish to wear it for Sukkot which gives you six months to find it."

"If it exists anywhere on earth, your majesty," replied Benaiah, "I will find it and bring it to you, but what makes the ring so special?"

"It has magic powers," answered the king. "If a happy man looks at it, he becomes sad, and if a sad man looks at it, he becomes happy."

Solomon knew that no such ring existed in the world, but he wished to give his minister a little taste of humility.

Spring passed and then summer, and still Benaiah had no idea where he could find the ring. On the night before Sukkot, he decided to take a walk in one of he poorest quarters of Jerusalem. He passed by a merchant who had begun to set out the day's wares on a shabby carpet.

"Have you by any chance heard of a magic ring that makes the happy wearer forget his joy and the broken-hearted wearer forget his sorrows?" asked Benaiah.

He watched the grandfather take a plain gold ring from his carpet and engrave something on it. When Benaiah read the words on the ring, his face broke out in a wide smile.

That night the entire city welcomed in the holiday of Sukkot with great festivity.

"Well, my friend," said Solomon, "have you found what I sent you after?"

All the ministers laughed and Solomon himself smiled.

To everyone's surprise, Benaiah held up a small gold ring and declared, "Here it is, your majesty!"

As soon as Solomon read the inscription, the smile vanished from his face.

The jeweler had writtenthree Hebrew letters on the gold band: gimel, zayin, yud, which began the words "Gam zeh ya'avor"-- "This too shall pass."

At that moment, Solomon realized that all his wisdom and fabulous wealth and tremendous power were but fleeting things, for one day he would be nothing but dust.

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  1. "Don't take life too seriously, no one gets out alive anyway!"

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    1. Oh yes, great to keep in mind in rough moments!

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  3. Your quotes and thoughts are so much helping me right now, struggling in a difficult time of my life: I met my soulmate but I have to let him go... "this too, shall pass" is such an awesome quote, with both negative and positive meanings... I would really love to win this pendant, so it could give me even more strength to win this battle... :-)
    Love, Rinske

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    1. Thank you so much Rinske <3 The heart is such a strong yet fragile thing. Take care of yourself during this time. Keep your thoughts on your life now, not dreams of what might have been. Love, Doe

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    2. Thank you so much for your reply... It made me cry... :-)
      It's so difficult not to keep thinking about what might have been... but I know I have to live my life right now and I have a lot to be thankful for!
      I'm gonna make it through, I'm sure!! Thank you en keep posting your awesome and lovely quotes!
      Love, Rinske

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  4. "You've got to make the conscious choice every day to shed the old - whatever "the old" means for you".

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    1. Yes definitely…love this. Carrying things around is very draining.

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  5. I definitely would love to have this! It would help me in the difficult times I'm facing in my life

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    1. Thank you <3 Strength and love to you during this time

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  6. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

    ― Mother Teresa found this quote today and loved it! would love to win!~ amy

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  7. Moving forward is not growing outward, but upward. Be strong the next step I will not be easy, but it will be next day of you're new tomorrow.

    Melissa A. Herriges

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    1. Melissa that is beautiful!! Do you have a blog or site we can see? Love, Doe

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  8. "This too, shall pass." It really is my favourite quote!

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    1. Mine too Michele! It comes into play every day, doesn't it?

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  9. Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!

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  10. I would like to win this for my son-in-law. My daughter and son-in-law just lost their daughter, my granddaughter. Noelle Joy was only 5 1/2 months old. It was sudden. She was a very happy and healthy girl until she became sick and her fever spiked, she had seizures and due to the lack of oxygen to her brain, her brain became too swollen and she passed on 11/5/13. My son-in-law spoke at her funeral and told the story in which there was a ring with this saying on it. I think it would mean a lot to him as he loved his little girl so much and it would mean so much to him. Thank you.

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    1. Oh Syria I cannot even imagine the pain you all are going through right now. I wish I knew the words to say to ease your pain, or could understand why some are taken so soon. Great love and strength to you.

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  11. For every minute minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

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    1. Absolutely Mernie….this is such a good one to remind us of the value of time.

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  12. This is what I will be telling myself as I go through surgery and recovery:)

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    1. Dear Brisja when is your surgery? Absolutely yes, a positive attitude is so essential!

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  13. I will get through being falsely accused. This too shall pass.

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    1. "Three things cannot remain long hidden; the sun, the moon, and the truth." ~ Buddha.

      I've found this to be true. Also, in the meantime, you can see who believes in you and who would fall for any old nonsense they hear. Sending good thoughts your way <3

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  14. The truth never set me free, so I did it for myself

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  15. "I'm beautifully broken, perfectly imperfect, beautiful in my flaws. All together, I am a beautiful disaster."
    Author Unknown

    Love this quote...sums me up perfectly!!

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    1. Oh this one is good, Tory! It seems about acceptance, true 100% acceptance and love of one's self. Beautiful!

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  16. Time heals almost everything, give the time, some time and smile, because you don't own all the problems in the world.

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    1. This is great! It seems to be about surrender…doing your best and carrying on. We can never solve everything but it doesn't make sense then to be unhappy as long as everything is unsolved. Thank you.

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  17. "Life is a balance of holding on amd letting go."

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  18. Pretty pendant. A great reminder to just hang on too when things are stormy.

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  19. Love once given, never forgotten!!

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  20. "The only happiness in life, is to love and be loved."

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    1. I agree..it seems to give meaning to life and when it's not felt, meaning seems to disappear.

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  21. This too shall pass has been a lifeline for me during the last 12mths. It reminds me that sadness and happiness are transient....be in the moment ;-)

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    1. Love to you Lisa. I don't know what you are going through but that is a long time. Stay strong, with Love, Doe

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  22. "Life is Hard, so the Love has to be Easy"-simply put when you are choosing a life partner, find someone who will be a shelter for you during life's storms. I did and I'm happy I chose wisely!

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    1. YES! Excellent! Partners are supposed to lift each other up, not tear each other down or be indifferent. I'm very happy for you!!

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  23. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King-

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    1. I LOVE this Hanne. I made a poster of it and had it as my profile photo on FB for months!

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  24. Life has a way of setting our priorities. Hang in there, the Lord will take care of the rest. - Pookie

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    1. Excellent quote for Faith!! I think often that I'm being taught patience. :)

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  25. Necklace is a perfect reminder that life is a battle but it is up to you to handle it with love and hope. Blessings.

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  26. I never knew my Mother's Father......She said this was something he would always say to my grandmother. Somehow, his words so many years ago ring so true today. This would be a nice reminder of him to wear each day.~ Kimberly Heath

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  27. I need this right now, painful relationship ending

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    1. Relationships are so difficult in their ends as the heart is so open. I'm not sure if you've seen this, but I have a whole blog (free) for making it through break ups: www.breakuplife.com Start with the article called "Aftershock." You can see a small photo of a heart in a bed on the right side down a little. That is the thumbnail photo for the article. Love, to you, Doe

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  28. "This too shall pass." is my daily mantra. So, YES, I would love to win this pendant. It would serve as a beautiful reminder for me, day in day out. :)

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