Monday, March 3, 2014

I Think It's Working. . . Maybe. . .

In honor of today being my 58th birthday (thus completing my second 29. . .), and Wednesday marking the beginning of the penitential season of Lent, I offer one of my all-time favorite quotes, from George MacDonald:

The business of the Universe
     is to make such a fool of you
          that you will know yourself for one
               and so begin to be wise.

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At least, I'm definitely coming to a deeper understanding of just what a fool I am.  As to the onset of actual wisdom. . . well, that's not for me to say. . .

20 comments:

  1. Ha! Just a few moments ago, I was thinking, "Today is Craig's birthday. I wonder if he will post anythiing." And here you are. You and your family have blessed us in infinite ways. Being a fool isn't such a bad thing: "If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become 'fools' so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight." (1 Cor. 3:18-19). I know with experience that you are wise and growing in wisdom from the way that you love your wife, lead your family and serve in the community. God bless you - Happy Birthday!

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    1. Thanks, Jen. I'm thinkin' that might've been what MacDonald had in mind. . .

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  2. Happy, happy birthday, Craig! May your year be full of happiness!

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    1. Thanks! That's a lot of happiness you're wishing, there. . .

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  3. Happy Birthday! I am sure wisdom is on it's way. I know because, "I Used to be Stupid!"

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    1. Yeah, see, I'm not sure I'm not still stupid. . .

      ;)

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  4. So yesterday you and Suldog were the same age...
    ...now you aren't.
    Happy Birthday!

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    1. And Thank You, too, my friend. . .

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  6. Happy Birthday!

    (I have ten years on ya, almost exactly, and I'm STILL waiting on that "wisdom" thing.)

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    1. It can be darned elusive, can't it?

      ;)

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    2. Jimi Hendrix said, "Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens."

      I read that somewhere.

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    3. @Skip - Jimi Hendrix? Who knew? (Well, besides you)

      But then, Mick Jagger is the source of one of our best bits of parental input to our kids - "You can't always get what you want." ;)

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  7. well, i'm a bit late to the party but happy birthday anyway. here's to wisdom!

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    1. Or foolishness, as the case may be. . . ;)

      And thank you. . .

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  8. What a dickhead I am. You offered me birthday wishes and I took three weeks plus to get over here and do likewise. My excuse is that I was in New York when this actual post posted. However, to make up for my lack of niceness, I am now officially rooting for your Spartans in the NCAAs (and, since I mostly despise college basketball, this is a sacrifice, believe me. It's also bad news for your Spartans, since I'm a well-known jinx, but I'll surround myself with horseshoes and rabbit feet to try and offset things.)

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    1. 'Lack of niceness'?? Well, if a 'lack of niceness' is the worst thing I'll suffer for the month of March, I'll count myself blessed, indeed. Thanks for stopping by.

      You like my Spartans, eh? Just so long as you don't jinx 'em out of the Final Four. Coach Izzo has this amazing thing going, where every one of his four-year players (and most of the others, too) has played in a Final Four, and this year's seniors (Payne and Appling) are on the hook to keep it going. 'Course, it being 14 years since we last won the thing, that'd be cool, too. . .

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