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.
This week’s proverb comes from my beloved homeland of Danmark, yes it is spelt that way, over there!
There are many possible interpretations of this proverb and so, many possible layers. I see the proverb referring to the fact that fear might make us pro-active and desperate enough that it would motivate us when motivation is hard to find. It could also refer to escapism, an ability to avoid and remove ourselves from facing up to a responsibility or a challenge. Either in a positive or negative way. We find a way out of a difficult situation, or we procrastinate about a difficult or boring task. Some of us might even delegate that task to avoid having to do it ourselves.
What layer do you read in this Danish proverb?
He who fears finds a way out.
– Danish Proverb
The following quote resonated with me this week:-
“Sufficient are the worries of today.”
– The Bible
Whether one is religious or not, this quote refers to living in the present, and I do wonder what it is we will worry about in the future.
Will we look back at our old worries and think how trivial, futile or ridiculous?
Or will, in decades to come, even regard with horror, the worries of now.
I would love to hear your thoughts.
Join in the discussion.
Something to Ponder About