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what is seen is temporary

the phrase I have tattooed on my forearm states "this too shall pass..." 

lately I'm realizing that the phrase holds multiple meanings. this. what is "this" is it eluding to? here's my faulty conclusion...

this. any state of emotion, life situations, adversities, joys, sadness, pains, tragedies...this will pass. so that leads to this- whatever joys we experience, they will soon pass, what ever pains we experience, they will also pass, the most painful "this too shall pass" includes the connections we make, the relationships we spend our time building, the people...they pass. They pass right out of our lives. You can look at someone and physically see them, all the while realizing the person they were before has "passed", the essence of their being was taken along with their "passing." 

"this too shall pass." 


As contradicting as it is, the permanent tattoo on my forearm indicates how temporary things are in this life. 

Upon getting it done a few years back, my mother used to repeat this phrase to me whenever life threw curve balls our way, or when we were facing hardships and sadness. Little did we know that with each passing we essentially lose things regardless of their worth. 

life is fleeting. 

so we face the reality of this temporary world we're left with, and we have to be ok. Among all the love letters I have ever gotten in my twenty five years of life, I have One favorite, One that has not changed over thousands of years, One letter that is timeless and stands still.. His words to me. Him who reminds me that this life I'm living with it's changing seasons day in and day out, with fickle people, He stays the same. 

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."- II Corinthians 4:18 -- ultimate faith. while everything is temporary, enjoy it while it lasts. don't take a moment for granted, live faithfully to being the best you for the right reasons, focus on the good and permanent Him, and let go what was never yours and what wasn't supposed to last. 




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