As a youngster, I always thought my mother originated the phrase, “This too shall pass,” since she used it so frequently.

Since then, I have learned that this saying appears in the works of Persian poets and in Jewish folklore from King Solomon … quite a few years before I heard my mom say it.

This phrase originates from a fable of a powerful king who asked wise men to create a ring that will make him happy when he is sad, and vice versa. After deliberation the sages handed him a simple ring with the words “This too shall pass” etched on it, which has the desired effect.

When you are on top of the world it is but a fleeting moment – things change.  Remember, this too shall pass.

On the other hand, when you are in the pits, at your lowest moments, remember also, all nights are followed by day – this too shall pass.  This part is particularly important to keep in mind today.

I tell our clients, “No trend goes on forever” (my version of this ancient saying). This balanced perspective prevents complacency in good times and despair in bad times. It keeps us hopeful when we are in the valley and humble when we are at the peak.

Taking these words to heart will keep your team’s edge sharp and their performance peaked. So, no matter what your circumstances, remember, THIS TOO SHALL PASS!


The Nature of Excellence is a beautiful gift book that brings nature’s perspective to your team.

It combines stunning photography and inspirational quotes.