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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

IMPERMANENCE

   There is this old Jewish tale about king Solomon, it goes like this.
   Everything in the old kingdom was going smoothly and everything was quiet, too quiet king Solomon thought. Idle hands look for trouble so to spice things up he called his most trusted friend, advisor and  vizier to the kingdom and said:
-          I heard about this magical ring that can change sorrow into joy and a smile into a frown. I want you to find it for me and bring it.
The vizier took off and for weeks crisscross the kingdom in search of the ring but with no result.
He returned to the king and told him that such ring did not exist.
    The king faked an upset temper and told the vizier he did not look hard enough. So the vizier took off again  and this time vow to himself that will not return without the ring.
    Years went by, the vizier traveled all over the globe and still couldn’t find the ring.
At the same time the king grew sadder every day thinking how foolish his request was and that he will not see his best friend ever.
    One day in a faraway land the vizier stopped for the night at a blacksmith house and talking to the blacksmith told him about the ring story. The blacksmith laughed and told the vizier that he has the magic ring and in the morning it will give it to him.
Then he went to his shop and fashion a copper ring and inside the ring he inscribed some words.
In the morning the blacksmith presented the ring to the vizier and told him that the magic of the ring will be only preserved if nobody but the king will look at it.
    So the vizier took the ring put it in his purse and set sail back to Jerusalem.
    When the king found out of the return of the vizier his hart filled with joy. Finally his best friend and adviser has returned. He rushed to embrace him and shade tears of joy. But when he thought that his joy couldn’t be more complete the vizier told him that he had found the magical ring.
   The king took the ring and read the inscription inside it, it said:
   “THIS TOO SHALL PASS” and his smile turned into a frown.
 
   One of the biggest problems we face as humans is the impermanence of the world we live in and our own mortality. I remember when my daughter was born, now she is ready to go to college.  It hurts to think that my little girl is gone and at the same time it fills me with excitement seeing her turning into a young woman.  Of course I wish I could stop or turn back time but I know that is not possible. And even if I could I know she wouldn’t like it. She wants to grow up, to leave school behind and be independent – I hardly wait for her to find out about paying the bills and doing the taxes J
 
   So we humans are funny that way: We want the cake and eat it too. We want things to grow, evolve get better but at the same time we hate change when it doesn’t go our way.
Change is inevitable and as every cloud has a silver lining also every joy has build in it the potential for sorrow. Every beginning has an end, every disaster hides new opportunities, every up has a down and every gain a loss.
 
I have learned to accept the inevitability of change and instead of fighting it I have learned to look forward at the new things, the new adventures that awaits in my life. Right now I am contemplating my retirement years – FREEDOM! Of course you my say but what are you contemplating after that?
Death. The greatest of all human adventures. Trust me you haven’t experienced nothing yet!