Everything changes, and those who cannot be mentally trained to be still and flexible (think again the analogy of the palm tree in a hurricane) will be pushed around the surface of the ocean by powerful currents they have no control over. There was another story I read of a powerful King who, after living in so much misery seeking after power and attention, sought the wisdom of a famous Buddhist monk who was known to be ever wise and content.
After meeting the monk, the story goes on to say that the King offered half his Kingdom for the secret to the monk’s happiness. The monk simply gave the King a ring on which the words, “This too shall pass” inscribed in it. That way, he told the King, he will always be at peace. The King then bowed in awe.
The words, “This too shall pass.” Incorporates a deeper significance that you and everyone need to embrace: 1) Non-attachment, 2) Non-resistance, and 3) Non-judgment. This is in order to recognize the fleetingness of every situation, good or bad.
When you recognize the transience of events, you will lessen your attachments to them and you will accept the inevitability of change. Without the fear or loss or anxiety about the future, you will let go… When you are detached, you gain a higher vantage point to view the events in your life instead of being trapped WITHIN the events. Recognize these viewpoints, and then sit back and pray and meditate on those words and the truth behind them. The changes will come, it just takes a little bit of time.
For example, when you are free of fighting the inevitability of change, you will be like a bird, high up in the sky, seeing the vastness of say the Grand Canyon free from your ego destroying your present moment. When you see both the sky above and the ground below, you will notice the paradox—that the Earth is BOTH precious AND insignificant at the same time. And your life events, the highs and the lows will be known to you as the same. With detachment, non-resistance, and keen consciousness you will know again that “This too shall pass”.
Suddenly, from your height, you will realize that there is “space” around your negative experiences. There is space around your thoughts, and thus this will emanate a peace—that is the peace of God. The space around your thoughts is where your peace can start from.
So don’t make unreasonable demands on the world. Don’t argue to the world “Make me happy. Make me feel safe”, rather, ask the question who you really are. You are not the future CEO of the company or the President of the United States. You are not your wild expectations. When you lose those expectations, all self-created suffering comes to an abrupt end. Then you can enjoy the world without becoming addicted to the comings and goings of all the events.