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Proverbs to Cherish: Time Heals All Wounds

It isnt each day that we reach build relationships something dating back to to 300 B.C., however the proverb Time heals all wounds is merely that.

Perhaps you have had someone quote this proverb for you once you needed slightly little bit of reassurance, which that one so consistently provides? Just saying it to myself offers comfort. Its like wrapping a warm blanket around my shoulders.

Sure, you can find the naysayers on the market, the counselors who say, Well, no, this proverb really isnt factualsome wounds last and last. Certainly, thats true. My mind goes now to the members of our military who have been through things unimaginable to many of us. Or even to survivors of abuse.

Scars can run deep.

But, to those that make that argument, what do we really gain by attempting to disprove a proverb that is section of our civilization for a large number of years? Isnt it possible, regardless of just how long youve struggled to overcome something, to still ensure it is ultimately? To still forgive, release, and move ahead?

The optimism of the proverb is a thing that we are in need of. Yes, we are in need of counselors to greatly help us once we sort out things, but we should also have hope that certain day we shall truly be healed.

When I believe back on the hardest times of my entire life, they dont seem so difficult anymore, it doesn’t matter how I felt at that time. And the knowledge encapsulated by this proverban experience shared across time and geographic location on the millenniaexplains why the phrase has lasted so long as it has.

As stated, we’ve about 2,300 years of history to thank for preserving this proverb.

To your knowledge, the Greek poet Menander was the first ever to write it, albeit in a slightly different form. In 300 B.C., he wrote, Time may be the healer of most necessary evils. He was also a dramatist, and a significant prolific one, too, writing fully 108 comedies and winning many prizes. This likely helped to improve the popularity of the line.

Later, in 163 B.C., another poet-dramatist wrote a variation, this time around in Latin. In a line in his playHeauton Timorumenos, Roman poet Terence writes, Diem adimere aegritudinem hominibus. This translates literally as Time removes distress, nonetheless it in addition has been translated as Time heals all wounds and Time assuages sorrow.

Geoffrey Chaucers epic poem Troilus and Criseyde says in its original Middle English: As tyme hem hurt, a tyme doth hem cure. A tragic story of lovers through the siege of Troy, it had been probably written in the mid-1380s.

Somehow, the proverb has continued on and on, always part of our culture. Its one worth preserving, cherishing, and passing on.

Is it possible to think of a period when you may have said this to reassure someone, but didnt? I could. To any extent further, Id prefer to carry that one with me and pass it on. It has given me so much relief when lovingly said by others.

A Korean War memorial in St. Louis, erected in 1951, appears to have concluded exactly the same. Even though region around St. Louis lost 258 servicemen and servicewomen in the war, they thought we would inscribe the memorial with, Diem adimere aegritudinem hominibus. In a nutshell, they chose hope.

To those feeling sorrowful over loss, especially of family members recently, your world won’t function as same without them. But I am hoping that provides some comfort:

Time heals all wounds.

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