There was once a kingdom. In this kingdom, there lived a king. This king had a servant that was extremely loyal to him and always do everything that the king asked him to do. One day, the king wanted to test the limits of his servant’s loyalty. He decided he would make the servant find something for him. He knew that this item would be impossible to find, but he would ask his servant for it anyway. He had the servant come into his presence.
"Yes, my lord."
"I need you to find me something."
"Yes. You know I would do anything for you, my king."
"I need you to find me a ring. But not just any ring. It has to satisfy this one condition. It must be able to make a sad man happy and a happy man sad."
"O King, I shall search this entire kingdom until I find it."
The servant went off on his journey to find a ring that could make a sad man happy and a happy man sad. The king laughed to himself because he knew that such an item could not be found in the entire kingdom.
Meanwhile, the servant started his search in the wealthiest part of town. He found the goldsmith of the town and told him, “I’m looking for a ring that is able to make a sad man happy and a happy man sad.” The goldsmith replied, “In all of my days of my life, I have never heard of such a thing. I’m sorry.” Determined, the servant went on to the next wealthiest town. He found the local silversmith and told him, “I’m looking for a ring that is able to make a sad man happy and a happy man sad.” The silversmith looked at him and said, “I have made many expensive rings and jewelry, but I have never heard of such a request.” Without losing any hope, the servant went on to the next town and then the next without any luck. He went to a bronzesmith and a coppersmith, and none of them could give him what he was searching for.
Finally, the servant came to the poorest town of them all. It was the farthest from the king’s palace, because it was the most impoverished part of the kingdom. A bit discouraged at this point, the servant found the local blacksmith and said to him, “Sir, I am a servant of the king and I am looking for someone who can make me a ring that can make a sad man happy and a happy man sad. I have searched all over the kingdom through every town and nobody could make me a ring that could do that. This is the last town I will be visiting before I return to the king’s palace. If I do not have the ring with me when I return, I could lose my life.” The blacksmith looked at him casually and responded, “Sure I can do it.”
Using just metal scraps, and non-precious materials, the blacksmith created a ring. He told the servant, “Here you go. I inscribed a saying onto the ring. It should be the answer you have been looking for.” The servant wondered what the blacksmith could have inscribed onto the ring. He was skeptical that this ring could do what the blacksmith said it would.
After a brief pause and a sigh, he received the ring from the blacksmith. Immediately after looking at the ring, his mood completely changed. He was extremely sad because he thought he would fail his mission, but he became extremely happy after looking at this ring.
Completely ecstatic, the servant began on his journey back toward the king’s palace. About this time, the king began to become impatient. He thought to himself, “What is my servant doing? He should have been back by now because what I asked him was an impossible task.” The servant returned a few days later. When he entered the king’s palace, the first thing he exclaimed was, “I found it!” The king was perplexed at this response, because he knew that he had sent the servant out on an impossible mission. He thought that the servant was mocking his intelligence when he came back with this mythically elusive item.
The king responded to the servant, “Servant, why do you mock my intelligence? I sent you on an impossible task and you are telling me that you completed it. How so?”
"King, you know that I would never slander your title. I have truly found what you were looking for. This ring that I found can make any sad man happy and any happy man sad."
The king was starting to believe what the servant was saying, and was getting really excited to see this trinket.
"Bring it to me."
So the servant brought the metal ring to the king and the king read the inscription on the ring. Suddenly his excitement went away. He was suddenly super sad after reading the inscription.
Do you know what the ring said?
While I was working at camp during the summer of 2014, I was a counselor. We took care of these kids every minute of every day. The kids for that week were age 12-15. I was the head counselor of our cabin. We would sleep in the cabin with 8 kids. One night, my assistant counselor decided to tell this story. I could not guess, but when I heard the answer, I was like oooooooooohhhhhhh, good one!
The ring said four words, can you guess what it said?
This Is Only Temporary.
I don’t know what kind of mood you’re in right now. Think about it for a second. You know those FaceBook mood things, yeah I never really got into those. Btw, they stole that from MySpace. Do you guys even remember MySpace? Yeah, I stopped using MySpace back in 2008. Tom was really annoying. You couldn’t delete him as a friend, but whenever you would try to message him, he would never respond. What a great friend…
What mood are you in? It’s an honest question.
When people ask me how I’m doing, I usually respond with the answer, “I’m doing good.” I hardly ever say, “I’m actually feeling really terrible.”
If I could state my mood in one word right now, it would be: drained, with an emoticon because MySpace moods come with silly emoticons. My emoticon would be a picture of a sink drain or a sidewalk drain. HAha
Summer is going great so far. How is your summer? Is it going great? No regrets?
Summer break is also almost over. It’s already August. School is going to start this month.
What mood are you in? Are you happy? Because if you are happy, you are going to experience sadness soon. Are you sad? Because if you are sad, you are going to experience happiness soon. It’s part of the pendulum of life, or as some say, the rollercoaster of life. There’s always ups and downs.
I’m super drained right now, but I am not too worried, because I know that things will only get better after I finally get home.
This is only temporary. Our mood is only temporary, but moreover, our stay on this earth is temporary. What is 80 years on this earth compared to 8,000,000 years in heaven?
Our lives on earth. This is only temporary.