There are many versions of this story floating around the net. Mine is taken from my good friend Chris Cavanagh.
King Solomon once commanded his councillors to fashion him a ring and
inscribe on it something that when read would turn his mood of joy to sorrow,
and a mood of sorrow to joy. The councillors worried over this conundrum for
some time and after much thought and work presented Solomon with a ring. Solomon
took the ring and was pleased when he read the inscription: This Too Shall
And with that in mind, I recently had the phrase tattooed on my arm. It is something to remind me of the transitory nature of life.