Saturday, 19 February 2011

Gam Zeh Ya'avor

Over the last couple of weeks when work was barely bareable I had to keep reminding myself of this phrase: Gam Zeh Ya'avor - "This too shall pass".
The phrase as such is probably the most universal sentence in the world. It always true.
The old Jewish tale has it that a king (King Solomon as some versions want it) ordered a ring to be made - a ring that would have magical powers to make a sad person happy and a happy person sad.
Finally he was presented with a ring that had engraved: "This too shall pass (away)".

How fitting, thought the King.

I always thought that looking at such a ring too much could drive one crazy. You're sad, you look at it, you realise it is only temporary so you cheer up, then you look again and learn that 'this too shall pass' so you sink into depression but then you look again... and so on. Before you know it, you have developed bipolar personality disorder.

The only solution to thus created conundrum lies in another saying, a Latin one this time:
Carpe diem.

So carpe diem, everyone.

But be careful, don't follow the mischevious abberation of Carpe Diem: "Live everyday like it's your last".
Please don't. Don't live everyday like it is your last. If everyone lived everyday like it's their last, the world would succumb to utter chaos in less than twenty-four hours. No one would eat healthy food, go to work, pay the bills, save money or obey the law. And certainly no one would do the dishes.

Now back to "This too shall pass" - Moving Tales is preparing an animated, interactive version of this tale, so watch that space. Meanwhile you can buy their beautifully done "The Unwated Guest". Have a look at the trailer:


  1. the thing is- you DON'T write about anything NEW. FRESH. INTERESTING. When you wanna be seen as sexy or funny- don't write- "My blog is sexy and funny". Let PEOPLE write that for you. This looks like a series of essays on "Important Issues" for a school newspaper. Sorry, try harder.

  2. Dear Anon,
    Thank you for your comment. Noted. Been feeling so myself.
    Also thank you for EMPHASISING the IMPORTANT bits with CAPITAL letter. As I am quite DAFT sometimes, I could've easily MISSED them.