I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.
Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.
I hope you think so too.
Departing from the African proverbs, this week we have some wise words from Sweden.
The house that is built after every man’s advice seldom gets a roof
– Swedish proverb
and from one of the greatest minds, of all time, a quote :–
“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”
My thoughts on the Proverbs and Quotes –
Many of us give, and indeed, receive advice from all quarters in our lives, yet it isn’t always successful in implementation. When we tell others our problems, do we even want to hear their advice? At times it is most helpful, and yet, is it not better to discover the solution for ourselves? For it is about ourselves, and we know that person far better than anyone else, and in that process of problem-solving, become more accomplished at handling life’s future blindsides?
For contentment is what we all seek, in many and various forms.
Despite the Swedes best efforts, we do need a roof over our heads, and we do also need food in our bellies and fellow companions. But how much more do we realistically need to survive, given we can’t take material possessions with us, when we pass.
How clever was Socrates to know that if we are not happy with our what we have today, we won’t be happier when what you have is doubled?
Do you agree?
Join in the discussion. I would be glad to hear your thoughts.
Something to Ponder About