When you are in deepest doubt
As to what the world is all about
And as to where our place is—
Know this: your eyes are always where your face is.
As long as both are looking forward
And do not see anything untoward
Then think not on the bad things,
The disturbing and the what-if things—
They will sort themselves out
I have no doubt.
And when troubles come our way
And there is nothing hopeful to say,
Then let’s push on and let go the worry
The angst, the heartache, and all the flurry—
*This, too, shall pass,
So raise your glass
To future joy and gladness
Sandwiched thickly between any hurt and sadness.
If you have spoken too quickly,
Laid on your sorrows too thickly
It was most likely best to say it
To the right person and pray it
Will work out for the best
As we are often put to the test
Of life’s ups and downs,
Smiles and frowns—
Just believe that your words came to the right ear
With no judgement, worry or fear—
Love divine is always with you
Pure and powerful, strong and true.
Sleep well, sleep deeply
And know that you are loved completely.
“This too shall pass” is an English-language adage reflecting on the evanescence, or ephemerality, of the human condition. While the general sentiment is often expressed in wisdom literature throughout history and across cultures, this particular phrasing appears to date to the early 19th century, appearing in a collection of tales by the English poet Edward Fitzgerald. It was notably employed in a speech by Abraham Lincoln before he became the sixteenth President of the United States.
Fitzgerald’s usage of the phrase is in the context of a retelling of a Persian fable. Some versions of the fable, beginning with that of Attar of Nishapur, add the detail that the phrase is inscribed on a ring, which has the ability to make the happy man sad and the sad man happy.