This too shall pass, but we must first endure a long cold winter.
I’ve always found the phrase “this too shall pass” to be curious. Is it meant to comfort? I suppose knowing that pain is temporary can help us endure what might otherwise break our spirit. But what happens when the pain or struggle passes? Things don’t just go back to the way they were. Generally, after a challenging experience major changes ensue because either circumstances have changed or we have.
And what if you are in the middle of the best day of your life? This, too, shall pass. Even joyous celebration is one station on the train of life. As the Man in Black ovserved, “…time keeps draggin’ on, But that train keeps a-rollin'”
The eight of cups is one of my favorite cards. I call it the “Gatsby” card because I associate it with one of my favorite novels, The Great Gatsby. It is a card that warns us of living in the past, of drowning in regret, of trying to recreate what is lost forever, refusing to live in reality, tilting at windmills, and general nostalgia for the past even as it disappears in the rear view mirror. It is the love for a situation that was wrong so we left, but still long for and cry about sometimes.
My friends, this too shall pass. We are not yet through the seasonal storms, although there are some rays of sun breaking through.
“Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;
And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.”
This might bring to mind Steinbeck’s novel of the same name. “Steinbeck stated that he wrote the novel to address the moral degeneration of American culture during the 1950s and 1960s.” -Wiki
Yes, Steinbeck was VERY racist, and of course so was Fitzgerald, being products of their cultural times. Yet both writers attempted to define the core soul and spirit that makes us both universally human and uniquely American.
My rambling point today is that change happens, and we are in the middle of it right now. Do not cling to tightly to expectations, or you may lose your opportunity to embrace something unexpected and wonderful when it arrives.