This, too, shall pass!

A few days ago, I read a post by my friend, Shalini Baisiwala of Shalzmojo, titled, ‘The immutable law of “This too shall pass”. 

I came across it precisely when I needed to hear those four words. And, it reminded me of what a friend told me years ago. She said that, it’s exactly when you need divine help, when you are going through turmoil and looking for answers, that you receive the messages you seek from the Universe.

“This, too, shall pass”, was just what I was looking for!

Life will never be a smooth ride for any of us. There will be exhilarating highs and disheartening lows. We will get pushed over the edge and pulled back in the nick of time. We will find happiness, the kind we never imagined we would, and we will hit rock bottom just when we believe we have conquered the world.  But, the one thing that will remain constant is, it will pass. Every bit of it.

Life isn’t constant. Every moment is ephemeral. The joys, the sorrows, the highs, the lows, the love,  the heartache – each one of these undergoes a change with time. What you have today, will be snatched from you tomorrow. And, what you never imagined you would ever achieve, you will receive, unasked!

Everything about our life is an irony.  It’s just when we begin enjoying the highs that the lows drop in on us, announced. They test our patience, our limits and leave us feeling hopeless, despite all the positivity we practice. And, just when we feel things can’t get any worse, a ray of hope peeps from behind the dark clouds, bringing with it a certainty that the tides will turn. It’s precisely during such tumultuous moments that it helps remembering the four precious words.

“This, too, shall pass!”

The words we need to remember not only during the upheavals, but also during the tranquil moments, when we celebrate the joys gifted to us by Life. We may be all smiles today, but, let’s beware…the sun will soon set and it will be a long, dark night.

So, let’s just live every moment and not get overwhelmed by either the highs, or the lows.

Let’s just be grateful for all that we receive.


I end my post with this poem my bestie forwarded me on Whatsapp.  I am sure many of you must have read it. Do read it again to remind yourself to go slow!

Sip your coffee nice and slow,

No one ever knows when it’s time to go.

There will be no time to enjoy the glow,

So, sip your coffee nice and slow.

Life is too short,

but feels pretty long,

There’s too much to do,

so much going wrong.

And, most of the time you struggle

to be strong,

Before it’s too late and it’s time to go,

Sip your coffee nice and slow.

Some friends stay, others go away.

Loved ones are cherished,

but not all will stay.

Kids grow up and fly away.

There’s really no saying how

things will go,

So sip your coffee nice and slow.

Before you know it seasons have


Those precious little moments are

part of yesterday,

Most things have turned out

relatively okay,

And, you finally reap what you

have sown,

So sip your coffee nice and slow.

In the end it’s really all about love,

For this world and its beauty and

the stars above,

For His grace in your life, for each

present moment,

Smile and breathe and let your

worries go,

Just sip your coffee nice and slow.





Live in the moment, embrace every moment as it comes in your life and live it to its fullest.



Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

26 thoughts on “This, too, shall pass!

  1. I totally agree that the universe conspires to help us stay put, keep going. It all comes down to believing that we aren’t alone in this.
    I’ve sailed through some of the most difficult times of my life repeating to myself, this, too, shall pass.
    Thanks for sharing that beautiful poem!

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    1. I believe in the Universe listening to us, conspiring to help us, too, ME. But, at times, the waiting period can sure test our patience, isn’t it? Times, when you want things t move faster…I guess that’s when “This too shall pass” comes to our aid!

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  2. This too shall pass is what keeps us going and gives us the strength to face any hurdle. In the bigger picture our life would probably revolve around this.
    Lovely poem, Shilpa. ❤

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  3. Thanks for the shout out Shilpz; and indeed it will pass! If we ever trade our war stories; I betcha we will be horrified at what lies behind out smiles and tears. Every time I had a breaking point, God pulled me up. Whether it was through an angel I met who came into my life just to help me get by or by giving me strength to say no when I needed to……………. Or just numbimg my mind when I couldnt take it anymore – It all passed and I have looked back at it wondering what all the fuss was about 😉
    Hugs my friend & Smile…
    Loved the poem!

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    1. True, Shalz!
      We hardly know what lies beneath!
      And, as you said, every tumultuous situation we find ourselves in today will lose its severity tomorrow, when we will have swum through it and then we will wonder why we allowed it to disturb us so! It’ s just the strength we need while going through it all and the patience, considering the time things take to get sorted out is a bit too much to take, at times!

      Hugs to you, Shalz…


  4. Indeed! When you feel down and out, this is the feeling you hold on to. I loved the poem you shared. You know sometimes I wonder if anything really is in our hands. We plan and plan and life just seems to follow its own course.


  5. Shilpa. I too believe that whatever takes you up in life will pull you down too.. Ups and downs in life are what keeps us working towards our goals or else we would be devoid of any emotions in life.

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  6. I have read that whataspp forward so many times. It’s perfect, and something we must all strive to remember. Your post reminds me of a quote I recently came across – “Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can.” So hang in there sweetie, this too shall pass. 🙂

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  7. This too shall pass is one of the most positive outlooks towards life. I totally agree that such divine intervention happens when we need it the most. Whatever it is that you are handling, sending you hugs and an assurance that it will certainly pass.

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  8. These are indeed poignant words. Giving hope when you need it, keeping you grounded when you are flying high. Life is tough but we need to learn to savor and appreciate both the lows and highs. Beautiful post Shilpa!

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  9. I have been writing this on my wall and on the glass wherever possible ever since my college days for I believe it really is therapeutic in weaker times. You are so right in all the gyaan who have poured in this post dear and I absolutely loved the poem at the end.

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  10. Thank you so much for forwarding that poem to me earlier 🙂 It made my Friday.

    This motto is one of the governing ones of my life. I truly believe in it. After the kind of things I have been through, I realise a few truths: Life is temporary. So is pain and anguish, joy and celebration. We have this moment. It’s important to realise that the dark clouds will pass and the sun will come out again.

    Very positive post, Shilpa and I hope the clouds have lifted and your diffidence dissipates when it comes to your artistic ability. You have the gifts. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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    1. That’s just what I keep repeating to myself, Shy…that the dark clouds will move and sun light will come streaming into our lives soon! keeping at it – at being patient and holding on to the belief – is the trick! Those two words HOPE and FAITH are coming to my help now! 🙂 As well as, “This too shall pass”!

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  11. It’s the hope that it will get better that keeps us going, isn’t it? ‘ This too shall pass’ never fails to generate that strong well of hope. I loved your positivity filled words, Shilpa. And the poem, some WhatsApp forwards are worth reading and holding on to, isn’t it?

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