Archived Story

Write Again … ‘And with all thy getting”

Published 9:16pm Monday, November 5, 2012

It has been my experience, through the years, to draw comfort, insight, even inspiration, from a handful of sayings. Bromides, if you will.

Among them are these few:

“We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.” — Camus.

Just think about that, for a moment. It explains a lot.

“Nothing is enough for the man (woman) for whom enough is too little.” — Anonymous. About greed.

“And this too shall pass.” — Anonymous.

Now, this one contains wisdom for the ages. Legend has it that it was a custom for the king’s subjects to present a gift to him on his birthday. At the very end of the line came a man with no gift in his hands.

He told the king that he was a very poor man. He owned no worldly possessions of enough value for a king.

Instead, he said he would like to give the king a saying. And that’s when he said, “And this too shall pass.”

As time went by, the king, being a wise man, came to fully realize the value of the “gift” from one of the poorest of his subjects.

Then, of course, there’s the more contemporary saying — one that just might sum it all up.

“’Stuff’ happens.” — Anonymous. (The euphemism was a “must,” of course.)

There is also a source, a rich vein of eternal truths, that can be gleaned from the Old Testament.

Proverbs and Psalms. What wisdom can be found in those ancient writings.

Well, I’ve shared with you a bit of that which has helped to sustain me over time.

For that, of course, I am grateful.

APROPOS — “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom, and with all thy getting get understanding.”

— Proverbs 4:7

Editor's Picks

N.C. DMV process a work in progress

Last April, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles opened up a brand new, two-story facility in Charlotte. Gone are the lengthy documents of old. ... Read more

Honoring fathers everywhere

The third Sunday every June is the time to celebrate Father’s Day. However, it hasn’t been nationally recognized for that long. The first official Father’s ... Read more