According to an ancient Sufi story, there once lived a King in a Middle Eastern land. The King was continuously torn between happiness and despondency. The smallest things could make him really upset or give him an intense emotional reaction, so his happiness easily turned into disappointment and despair. One day the King got tired and started seeking a way out.
He sent for a Wiseman living in his Kingdom. The Wiseman was reputed for being enlightened. When he arrived, the King said to him, "I want to be like you. Can you bring me something that gives balance, peace and serenity in my life? I will pay whatever price you like."
The Wiseman replied, "I may be able to help you, but the price is so great that not even your Kingdom would be enough payment for it. Therefore I will give it to you as a gift, if you will honor it."
The King gave his assurances and the Wiseman left. A few weeks later he returned and handed the King an ornate box carved in jade. The King opened the box and found a simple gold ring inside. The inscription on the ring read
'This, too, shall pass'....
"What is the meaning of this?" asked the King. The Wiseman replied, "Wear this ring always. Whatever happens, before you call it good or bad, touch the ring and read the inscription. That way, you will always be at peace".
I have this story printed out and posted above my desk. And life, when it becomes hard, scary and unfathomable at times and it does, I read it and it soothes me...
It is then that I am reminded to let go of negative thoughts, to know that life will not always be as bad as it is today and it is safe to take small trusting steps. Being able to spend time with people you love and who love, care and support you, being barefoot in the garden and spending time outside in the fresh air gives us clarity, a sense of calm and well being.
As well, it is, perhaps important sometimes, to understand that we don't always have a hand in what is presented to us and in whatever diverse format.
But maybe learning to trust in the Universe's unexpected fast balls happening for a reason, is a good mindset to adopt, in order to be less fearful. It gives one some semblance of relief from hanging out with those troublesome fear monkeys and this is, without a shadow of a doubt, a less worrisome place to be.
With love Natasha x