Saturday, August 10, 2013

This, too, shall pass...

The Japanese lanterns outside my favorite burger place, once green, have now turned orange.  And the morning sun is already rising so much later in the day: clearly summer, once again, is drawing to a close. As the old hymn says, "Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away."  But I think I like Abraham Lincoln's take on it better:

"It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass away." How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!"

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