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Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Need for Work & Fun

Can you live "one day at a time"? Does the past drag you down, or the future worry you? If expectations and obligations set your agenda, what do you have to give up to truly experience the present moment? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, p. 573).

When I was a kid I much enjoyed the story about the grasshopper and the ants. I even had a phonograph record with a catchy tune relating the wisdom of the ants who stored up food for the winter compared to the shortsighted action of the grasshopper who did not. All my life I have much identified with the ants and their recognized need to prepare for the future. Of course, at this time of my life the future is largely here. There is a sense in which the rest of my life will depend upon the resources I have already stored up. For me economically this is largely represented by a pension and social security. Since there is no need for me to get further formal education in preparing for the future, I now much more resemble the grasshopper in enjoying the intellectual feast of the present. Time has now shifted my perception to align more with that of the grasshopper. I want to enjoy each day to the fullest and to appreciate the precious sense in which my time left on earth is relatively short, hence the value of every moment. I think the wisdom of the grasshopper and ants story is that the ants (with their preoccupation with the future and the need to work) and the grasshopper (with his appreciation of fun) both have their place in the story of life.

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