Isn’t the blogging world a lovely place! I am super excited to have been tagged by the charming and talented Nina over at The Cozy Pages; I am so happy that she stumbled across my blog and that I found hers. Please, please take a trip over there soon, especially if you’re a dedicated bookworm, and check out all the great stuff.
So, important stuff first, these are the Rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
- Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
- Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day
I wasn’t sure whether to use this quote or not as it has a very special bitter/sweet meaning for me but here goes…..
When my husband was diagnosed with cancer we looked everywhere for inspiration, for things that would help us in the struggle that we knew we would have to face and we stumbled across Ajahn Brahm. He’s a Cambridge educated, English Buddhist Monk who passes on his wisdom in Australia, in person and, with the rest of the world on Youtube:
I took to listening to him because he can be very funny but also because, through his Buddhist teachings, he gave me a different perspective of a truly heart-breaking situation. One of his messages really resonated with me and I shared it with my husband:
“This too shall pass”
Whatever we are going through in life, whether it be happy or sad, it will end. For both of us, this message both comforted and inspired us: we knew that whatever pain and suffering my husband was going through, it would end and, whatever time we had left together, it would end…….
3 months after he was diagnosed we went to Mauritius, one of the most beautiful places on earth and, although my husband was in pain much of the time, we made sure that we enjoyed every single moment. We did all the things that we wanted to do and we spent every moment of every day just loving each other and our life together.
That Christmas he bought me a set of three gold rings and one of them was engraved with the words:
“This too shall pass”
Despite being seriously ill and constantly in discomfort he had taken the time to have the rings specially made for me (I just can’t stop the tears from falling….) just to make sure that I would always remember that neither happiness nor suffering will last forever…
His pain and suffering ended 4 months later and I know that, one day, mine will too. In the mean time I try to remember that the chance I have to live life and enjoy everything it has to offer will one day pass………