I have heard it said that, at times, ‘it is difficult to see the forest for the trees.’
Many years ago I was speaking with a minister, who I admired, and I asked him how he was doing. Rev. Wetherborn commented that he was weary from the cares of life. He went on to mention that he worked 40 hours per week, to make a living, and that he ministered at least another 40. He said that although he knew that nature and life and family and friends…were wonderful and to be savored…he had little energy to do so.
Now my, Reverend friend, when you heard him speak…you would have thought that he had the world by the tail and understood the secrets of life. I was taken aback and somewhat shocked when I heard the real thoughts of his heart.
But, you know, ministers are as human as the congregation that they minister to.
I recall the push to begin educating children at 3 and 4 years old. Education is vital and should be lifelong…but a kid needs time to be a kid…that is education also.
When I was working at SIU it was nothing for me to work 16 and 18 hour days. I did this regularly throughout my career. I was immersed in everything that is Southern Illinois University…and I liked it.
However life is more than work and more than paying bills.
I believe that much of the depression and, counter-wise, much of the frantic frenetic pursuit of success and money and power and fame, of some nature…even if it is just a ‘big fish in a small pond,’ comes from our belief that if we are not working…we are not productive…and thus…we are not living.
‘We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.’ Dead Poet’s Society
Success and money and the epitome of possessions, in the United States, is the gold standard for living a happy life.
How many rich people are truly happy? Our president does not strike me as a happy man.
Everything that you see on the earth…returns to dust…entropy.
Being buried wearing a suit with big pockets is not the answer. If it were the Egyptian Pharaohs are doing well in the after life!
Love and faith and helping others…produce lasting happiness.