2004-08-05

Impermanence

"These words, passed down from the ancients, will carry me through every adversity and maintain my life in balance. These four words are: This too shall pass. For all worldly things shall indeed pass. When I am heavy with heartache I shall console myself that this too shall pass; when I am puffed with success I shall warn myself that this too shall pass. When I am strangled in poverty I shall tell myself that this too shall pass; when I am burdened with wealth I shall tell myself that this too shall pass. Yea, verily, where is he who built the pyramid? Is he not buried within its stone? And will the pyramid, one day, not also be buried under sand? If all things shall pass why should I be of concern for today?"

--From The Greatest Salesman in the World, a birthday present from Ms. McLaughlin.

Though impermanence is one of my favorite things, books like this are healthy reminders.