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Friday, February 1, 2013

Facile Wishes and the Nexus of Life

If you could go back and change anything in your life, what would you change? What do you wish could have happened instead? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1083).

Speculation often can rest on quicksand. It is easy to speculate about how one's life could have been better. For example, one can wish that he had been born rich and privileged. A moment's reflection will reveal that this would be no guarantee of happiness, so that one's initial certitude regarding the matter starts giving way to second thoughts and a large assortment of additional conditions that would have to apply for the wish to form a confident and solid preference. The question that confronts is what do I really want in life and how can I best get there? It presumes that I can know what's best for me, know myself to a "T", and am in control not only of my own actions, but of the actions by others, God, nature, and fate itself. This is a pretty tall order for must of us, and we can be forgiven if, when all is said and done, we are more or less content (if not feeling downright blessed) with what life in due course has served up for us.

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