I was sitting around the campfire the other day, the way you do, listening to stories and someone told the tale of a great king who sent out his advisor, as a punishment to find a ring which could make a happy man sad, and a sad man happy.
It’s a fable found in many traditions and tongues – Persian, Arabian, Hebrew, Turkish – and the ending is always the same – the ring is found. A simple ring engraved with the words ‘this too shall pass‘.
It resonates with me in so many ways – including in relation to finding, having and delivering work. Those times you have too much and you just have to put your head down and your shoulder to the grindstone – this too shall pass. The times there is little, and you are contacting contacts and scouring the internet – this too shall pass.
It’s not about escaping your responsibilities for finding, seeding, creating, converting work, absolutely not. That’s the lot of a freelancer. But, for me, it is about accepting that the ride is a bumpy one – and in that acceptance is the opportunity for preparation.
If the work you have is going well – revel in it, enjoy it, celebrate it, but remember – this too shall pass. If the work is hard, difficult and problematic – get through it, do the best you can – and remember, this too shall pass. Again, it’s not offering an excuse to do poor work, or to coast or to wish away good times and miss the present. It’s a chime to keep things in balance, to keep you aware, to keep you grounded.
Hold it with you today – see what happens. This too shall pass.