Hands clasped together offering a candle representing peace

According to an ancient  Sufi story, there lived a King in some Middle Eastern land who was continuously torn between happiness and despondency. The slightest thing would cause him great upset or provoke an intense reaction, and his happiness would quickly turn into disappointment and despair.

A time came when the king finally got tired of himself and of life, and he began to seek a way out. He sent for a wise man who lived in his kingdom and who was reputed to be enlightened. When the wise man came, the king said to him ” I want to be like you. Can you give me something that will bring balance, serenity, and wisdom into my life? I will pay any price you ask.

” The wise man said, “I may be able to help you. But the price is so great that your entire kingdom would not be sufficient payment for it. Therefore it will be a gift to you if you will honour it. ” The king gave his assurance and the wise man left.

A few weeks later, he returned and handed the king an ornate box carved in jade. the king opened the box and found a simple gold ring inside. Some letters were inscribed on the ring. the inscription read: THIS,  TOO,  WILL PASS… “What is the meaning of this?” asked the king. The wise man said, ” Wear this ring always. Whatever happens, before you call it good or bad, touch this ring and read the inscription. That way you will always be at peace.




cheeky boy in a red hoody peeps around the corner with a wry smile on his face

J. Krishnamurti, the great Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher, spoke and travelled almost continuously all over the world for more than fifty years, attempting to convey through words-which are content-that which is beyond words, beyond content. At one of his talks in the later part of his life, he surprised his audience by asking, “Do you want to know my secret?”

Everyone became very alert. many people in the audience had been coming to listen to him for twenty or thirty years and still failed to grasp the essence of his teaching. Finally, after all these years, the master would give them the key to understanding.

” This is my secret,” he said


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Old wizard with long black hair and a long white beard stands before Saturn in the background

There is a story of a wise man who won an expensive car in a lottery. His family and friends were very happy for him and came to celebrate. “Isn’t it great!” they said. “You are so lucky.”

The man smiled and said, “Maybe.”

For a few weeks, he enjoyed driving the car. Then one day a drunken driver crashed into his new car at an intersection and he ended up in hospital, with multiple injuries. His family and friends came to visit him and said, ” That was really unfortunate.”

Again the old man smiled and said, “Maybe.”

While he was still in the hospital, one night there was a landslide and his house fell into the ocean. Again his friends came the next day and said, “Weren’t you lucky to have been in here in the hospital.”

Once again the old man smiled  and said,


The wise man’s “maybe” signifies his wisdom in his refusal to judge anything that happens.

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Incense is burning and the smoke that rises forms the shape of a heart



Zen Master Hakuin lived in a town in Japan. He was held in high regard and many people came to him for spiritual teaching. Then it happened that the teenage daughter of his next-door neighbour became pregnant. When being questioned by her angry and scolding parents as to the identity of the father, she finally told them that he was Hakuin, the Zen Master.

In great anger, the parents rushed over to Hakuin and told him with much shouting and accusing that their daughter had confessed that he was the father. All he replied was,”Is that so?”

News of the scandal spread throughout the town and beyond. The Master lost his reputation. This did not trouble him. Nobody came to see him anymore. He remained unmoved.

When the child was born, the parents bought the baby to Hakuin. “You are the father, so you look after him.” The Master took loving care of the child.

A year later, the mother confessed to her parents that the real father was the young man who worked at the butcher shop. In great distress, they went to see Hakuin to apologize and ask for forgiveness. “We are really sorry. We have come to take the baby back. Our daughter confessed that you are not the father.”


Was all he would say as he handed the baby over to them.

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A boy holds a dandelion and blows the petals and they fly away in the wind

Two Zen monks named Tanzan and Ekido were walking along a country road that had become extremely muddy after heavy rain. Near a village, they came upon a young woman who was trying to cross the road, but the mud was so deep it would have ruined the silk kimono she was wearing. Tanzan at once picked her up and carried her to the other side.

The monks walked along in silence. Five hours later, as they were approaching their lodging, Ekido couldn’t restrain himself any longer. “Why did you carry that girl across the road?” he asked. “We monks are not supposed to do things like that.”

“I put the girl down hours ago Tanzan,


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A lightbulb mirrors a creek as a duck turns its head the other way

After two ducks get into a fight, which never lasts long, they will separate and float off in different directions. Then each duck will flap its wings vigorously a few times thus releasing the surplus energy that built up during the fight. After they flap their wings they float off peacefully, as if nothing ever happened.

Now, if the duck had a human mind it would keep the fight alive by thinking and making it into a story.

I can’t believe he just did that!

He came within 5 inches of me!

He thinks he owns this pond!

He has no consideration for my private space!

I’ll never trust him again!

Next time he’ll do something else to annoy me!

I’m sure he’s plotting something already!

But I’m not going to stand for this!

I’ll teach him a lesson he won’t forget!

And on and on the mind spins it’s tales, still thinking and talking about it, days, weeks months even years later.

As far as the body is concerned the fight is still going on and the energy it generates in response to all that thinking is emotion, which in turn generates more thinking. You can see how problematic the duck’s life would become if it had a human mind. But this is how most humans live all the time. No situation or event is ever really finished

The mind,  and the mind made ‘me and my story” keep it going. We are a species that has lost its way.


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A beautifil woman in a long white flowing dress looks out over a mountain to an island in the sky

I know you have enjoyed these simple examples. They are a completely different way of looking at the things. I’m striving to have them all as a practice of my own. Already my life has completely turned around, I have hours of mind time to think of where I am and where I am going, To take the time to see things I have never really taken the time to notice it is truly amazing. To be in awe and wonder for the every day simple things.

I have truly come to believe there are no ordinary moments

 My one true purpose in life is always whatever I am doing right Now

 Non-Resistance, Non-Judgement and Non-Attachment are the 3 keys to Enlightened Living

 Every situation simply needs to be dealt with, or accepted, not made into a problem.





Although I do truly believe these things I am challenged in many moments of automatic reactions, However, I refuse to give in. I am already experiencing more bliss and joy in my life and that is what drives me forward. I have a purpose in every moment to become the very best of who I am. Please join me.

I know I am never alone and those of us along the journey who would love to share their struggle for attainment, please share with us your experiences.Me, Paul sitting relaxing in a beautiful park in China

Always my gratitude and love






  1. This is an excellent post. Really love your website btw. Now, the thing that really hit home for me was the phrase “This To Will Pass”. Talk about powerful. I have used that for problems in my life, and it just makes everything seem so much easier. It makes problems smaller, lighter, and less annoying. Auto Suggestion has been such a blessing for me, and that is by far one of my favorites. What got you into self improvement?


    1. Hi AJ,

      ‘This too shall pass” We’ve all heard it many times, but most of of don’t think about it’s meaning deeply enough and so they will always remain ‘Just words.’ When we take the time to understand the power behind the words and become aware of how relevant they can be to give us power to move forward beyond any and all situations. Life is so simple really, but the influences outside of us have us tangled up in problems dramas that simply need to be accepted or dealt with.

      My involvement in Self Improvement came about with no intention on my part.I just picked up a book one day and as I read it I felt this massive connection to people and life simply by the book mentioning the fears and emotions that we all feel. It helped me feel connected and for the first time in my life I didn’t feel alone anymore.

      I like everyone else has a yearning that simply doesn’t go away, feeling seperate from everything is the ego at work. I feel I have tamed him as he now sits in a corner and knows he is not welcome in my life

      Great to hear from you AJ

      Enjoy, Knowing ‘this to shall pass’

      Always thankful


  2. Paul,
    Great post and a really great way of telling and sharing some valuable life lessons. This too will pass. Variety of great stories to share about having some faith and things are not as we are handed them but more along what we make of them.
    A few years back I was struggling with what I felt at the time was making a massive decision. I was putting so much pressure on myself it would occupy my mind the majority of my waking hours. I happened upon a reading that made me fall onto the power of faith.
    What will be will be and “it will work out as it is supposed to”. This took so much pressure of me it was amazing.
    Great website,
    Mat A.

    1. Hello Mat

      Thanks for your kind feedback, I’m so glad you enjoyed my post.They are simple stories with profound meaning. Some of us may think it is impossible to live with the attitudes of the wisdom of these stories, but we can by making pleasantness and peace our highest goal. It’s a choice, a decision that we can make in every moment and free us from the chains of fear anger and resentment.

      Our lives are short and are dominated by petty insecurities and annoyances that in the big picture have no real meaning at all.

      But Hey, ‘This too, shall pass’

      Wishing you pleasantness and peace always!


  3. Personally, I have believed in that phrase too (This too will pass), and it never failed to bring an inner peace in me. Sometimes, things are easier said than done. It’s hard to be reasonable and considerate in some situations, but I think that having that self-control will definitely help.

    1. Hell Ernst,

      ‘This too will pass’  is one of the great truths of life. The strength to put it into practice along with the belief to know it is a truth allows you peace in this moment, which is all we ever really have. I am glad to read you have made it a practice and are using it to deal with life’s challenges. It is a gift that can change your whole life.

      Best wishes Ernst,


  4. Hi Paul, I have been interested in personal development for many years and have read and applied a great deal. This is an excellent post that is accessible to all levels of understanding and that is very important. I particularly enjoyed the duck story. It made me smile and it is so relevant in the greater scheme of things. It’s been said before, but here it goes again; PD should be a subject in all schools. The benefits to the individual and society are potentially huge and the world would certainly benefit. Very best regards

    Steve C

    1. Hey Steve, Many thanks for your comment. Yes the duck story, it’s a subtle reminder to all of us I know. Couldn’t agree more with you about the teachings of PD in school, it’s a great mystery to us all. Although if we dig deeper maybe it isn’t a mystery at all. I know you know what I mean!

  5. Wow this is the greatest post I ever read.  I like the ducks story.  Indeed if we could learn to let go.  Sometimes we, humans turn to make an issue out of small things.  We hold on to the past, overload ourselves with blame, anger and resentment, ending up depressed and unsatisfied with our lives.  Thank you for publishing this article, I enjoyed reading it.

    1. Hi Sandikazi, Nice to hear from you and it pleases me so to know you got som much out of this post. The duck story is a simple one we can all relate too and learn from.

  6. Hi Paul, I did enjoy the examples. I wish I could live more by is “this too shall pass”. I get so worked up about things at the moment. Sometimes to the point where I wonder if this is all worth it. Usually, by the next day, I have calmed and am able to see things a little more clearly. In those few occasions where I do tell myself “just live for today” and “this too shall pass” I do feel more at peace.

    1. Dear Lynne, I completely understand where you are coming from, I too am challenged right now. This too shall pass is really a few simple words of great truth. Nothing stays the same, but if we can accept the ups and downs as naturally flowing then yes we can come to an understanding and move forward. Thanks for your honesty Lynne and as always I am beside you and offer my best wishes

  7. Hi, life really is more than just making money. There is beauty everywhere if you can be present enough to enjoy the moment. 

    I find that the calmer I am and in the moment I am, the better I get along with co-workers, and I react to setbacks a lot better.

    I have found being present has also helped me with my social anxiety.  Inner peace comes from releasing the past and future completely.  Being OK with this moment, without the hope that the next moment will be more fulfilling than this one.

    1. Hi Jake, Sounds like your getting a handle on things and that’s great to hear. It’s great to put things into practice and even to notice results. We all have stuff going on but it’s great to have tools to lighten the load and bring what’s important into context. Good one Jake


  8. On a more serious note, this is really an attention catching and reality striking post to read on. Thank you so much for sharing here. It is not an easy thing to find inner peace but reading that story you started the post with alone has dropped all my nerves and all I could think of is to learn more on the trueness of inner peace and how to achieve it. This is a great post here. Thanks

    1. Hello Rodarrick. Welcome back, my friend. So glad you were able to get a little something out of the short little gems of wisdom. Got one to share bro, I’d love to hear it from you. Thanks in advance mate



  9. Hi Paul, tried to leave a comment and I’m not sure it works so I am leaving it again. I wish I could live more each day by the “this too shall pass”. Some days I get so overwhelmed by things that I wonder if it’s all worth it. By the next day, I have usually calmed a bit and can see things a little more clearly. The days I try to remember “live for the moment” and “this too shall pass” life is calmer and it is easier to cope.

    1. Hello Lynne, So happy to have you share. Why is it that such little reoccurring situations take us so far off track in the mind. Leaving us to struggle with what is simply life’s way of teaching us growth and strength. Acceptance awareness and surrender should be enough and they are, but why the opposition to what are natural daily events. Let’s all tame the beast and smile at the traitor. 


  10. Hi Paul, great inspiration. I believe Western cultures have lost the ability to tell and share stories of inspiration and motivation that help build communities and relieve social tension.  We are no longer allowed to have heroes because that is seen as politically incorrect.  Yet when we talk of heroes or people we admire for their tenacity and inspiration, we think of Mandela, Churchill, Shackleton, Curie – ordinary people who faced extraordinary adversity and achieved amazing feats, all the time maintaining their dignity in the pursuit of their goals.

    How do we stop this PC madness and relearn the ability to ‘sit round the campfire’, tell stories of our heroes and reflect on life’s lessons to become better human beings?

    1. Hey Fluffy, nice to have you here and you pose a great question. There is no going back from the PC madness so we will have to deal somehow with the monster that has taken over many people’s lives. The addiction is huge and is just another way to distract our selves from the very nature of our inner being and its connection to everything and everyone. 

      There will come a time though when the distraction no longer works and people will look for answers ..They use to come from the East, but sadly the East is losing this war as well. Let’s hope and know that somehow somewhere sanity will prevail…paul

  11. hello, I really want to first tell you of my appreciation for your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. in life, I think the first step to finding inner peace is by letting some things go. I had a hard time letting go of so many things, but then when I finally let go, things became easier and peaceful. thanks.

    1. Hi Benny and thank you so much. I have so much more to give and this website has literally become or is fast becoming my life, I honestly don’t know what else to do. It is also my saviour because I am constantly in pain and like everyone else have nowhere to turn…So here I am, just sharing… My ultimate gratitude is to my readers who are grateful and I live on, forever searching for the answers.


  12. All of the short stories you have shared on this page are superb, fabulous and MAYBE they’ll make life easier for me. I love them so much. The story of the two Monks made me laugh tho. Looks like Tanza is carrying the girl! Letting the pass go is very important especially when it’s all about wrong doings. One who carries a fresh tomatoes in his bag for days and even years should be ready for the rotten smell of the tomatoes. Lol.

    Sincerely speaking, this is lovely.

    I celebrate you!

    1. Dear MrBlizy, Thank you so much you have made my day. Your story about the tomatoes is so special, so profound with relevance to the post. So so true…!! hehe, your words have sparked me into action as I begin a new day. Blessings and thanks mate


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