In Others’ Words: Refusal
Last Monday’s blog post, “Hope and Having,” spurred a lot of conversation — including a fun bit of back and forth with my friend I call “Wise Guy.” If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ve probably heard me mention “Wise Guy” before. I call him that because … well, he is a guy who is very, very wise.
Simple enough explanation, right?
Last Monday’s quote was: Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. (Epicurus, BC 341-BC 269, Greek philosopher)
Besides telling me that Epicurus made him think of some Greek guy with a chef’s hat (Epicuriuos — as in Epicurious.com ), Wise Guy reminded me of some of his own iterations of the Greek guy’s thoughts. I settled on today’s quote:
It is sad to refuse what is available for the sake of what is not.
Lot of truth there.
Don’t believe me? Then listen to this take on it:
Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands. (Isaiah 43:19)
Ah, the power of words … and thinking about them … and turning them this way and that, as you apply them to your life — and then apply Truth to them.
Last Monday we talked about things like “now” and “contentment” and “gratitude.”
Wise Guy’s quote hints at how hanging on to yesterday — or dreams of what we wanted/hoped for that didn’t come true — can blind us to the joys of today.
And then Psalm 43:19? It’s like God tells me: Beth, stop looking back over your shoulder at what could have been. You’re going to miss what I’m doing in your life right now.
In Your Words: What I love the most about this blog is the conversations that we have. Any thing you’d like to add today? Maybe about a time when what you couldn’t have blinded you to what you could have? Or maybe you’re embracing a brand-new something God is doing in your life … I’d love to hear about that too!
I’m visiting my author-friend, Sandra Orchard’s, blog today and talking about fiction flavored with reality. I hope you drop by!0 I like this!