photo: Alexandra Hrašková
There is a story about a king and a wise man. The king told a wise man that if he were so clever, he would definitely come up with an idea/ sentence, which will please a sad person but upset the happy one. (I promise it's a good story!)
The wise man didn’t have any respond, so king got angry and throw him into a jail. The next week king asked the wise man the same question but still no answer. So king decided that only the right answer will ever set wise man free from the jail. The wise man was worrisome because his ill old wife was waiting for him at home.
The king was asking every day the same question over and over again, not really waiting for the answer anymore. One day the wise man stood in front of him, but he wasn’t alone. On the left side was newly widowed woman crying her eyes out and on the right side a very handsome young rich man.
King asked the wise man if he already knew the answer to his question. Wise man looked at him and whispered something in the ear of the crying woman. She stopped crying; hugged the wise man and left. Then he looked at the young man in his luxurious clothing and whispered something to him as well. The young man stood there for a bit longer, then shaken his head, look down and walked very slowly away.
King was excited and confused – so did the wise man finally came up with the thought, that would make a sad one happy and happy one sad again?
He couldn’t wait to know! “So tell me! How you ve made it! “
-“You know my king, by throwing me into that jail you made me such a huge favor. I would never come up with the idea if there weren’t you. I was in the jail, starving, thinking about my wife and being upset. You, on the other hand, you have no worries living in this amazing palace, having so much food that you are throwing it away, having beautiful daughters and all the power and money of this world.”
-“Ok, ok.” said the king impatiently - "Tell me what have you said to that crying widow and what to that young man! I want to know the sentence that will make the sad one happy and the happy one sad again!”
The wise man stepped closer to the king and said: " … But everything is changing and this too shall pass.”
Change is inevitable. As I’ve learned it multiple times in my life and as you can read at every proper pinterest board :D and still! Every time I feel something is about to change, I m trying to hold the “old good thing” till the last (very exhausting) breath. And mostly it is just a waste of time, energy and my youth. So rule nr.2 of this year is clear. “Embrace the change “ because it will happen anyway :D Whatever it is, it won't stay like this forever. Well, you can call it a bitter sweet irony of this world I guess, but I m learning to actually like it. It brings a fresh start to every day, light to darker ones and it makes the happy moments even more special.