I’m drawing from two other sources today, for this last post on the theme of “Simplicity”. They have to do with simplicity as it relates to resting from burdens or not struggling.
The first one is from my morning’s EDWJ reading, and it’s simply the lesson of a butterfly struggling to get free from it’s chrysalis: sometimes we ‘help’ people find their answers too easily or too soon; and like the butterfly that doesn’t survive if you help it out (it needs the struggle to develop its wings), the same thing happens with those people.
The other one is longer, in two parts—the first part I’ll summarize, and copy the second part with a link. Some people read and leave a comment, others send an email, some (I think) read and say nothing… and there is at least one person I can tell is reading because of the theme-appropriate forwards she sends me! (That’s my second source.)
This forward had an excellent illustration about how our burdens get heavier, the longer we carry them. A simple glass of water is not very heavy, but if you stand there holding it all day, it becomes very heavy. There is a crying need to just put that glass of water down for a little while, before picking it up again. If you put that burden down and rest from carrying it, later your strength will be renewed for going with it again.
Then there is a
– Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
– Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
– Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
– If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
– If you lend someone $20 and never see them again, it was probably worth it.
– It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
– Never buy a car you can’t push.
– Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.
– Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. (**THIS IS ME!)
– Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
– The second mouse gets the cheese.
– When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
– You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
of ways of dealing with the burdens of life, some of them funny. I picked out my favourites (which is most of them!)