Thursday, January 7, 2010
The Greatest Oak
We live in a society of instant gratification. We have been led to believe that it is perfectly fine to say," I want it and I want it now." We have been told that if we aren't always happy, we need to take a pill, or make a drastic change. Once there was a sayings "Patience is a virtue." "Good things are worth waiting for."
The following poem has been a long time favorite of mine:
written by George McDonald
Alas, how easily things go wrong! A sigh too much, or a kiss too long, And life is never the same again.
Alas, how hardly things go right! ‘Tis hard to watch in a summer night, For the sigh will come, and the kiss will stay, And the summer night is a wintry day.
And yet how easily things go right, If the sigh and a kiss of a summer’s night Come deep from the soul in the stronger ray That is born in the light of the winter’s day.
And things can never go badly wrong If the heart be true and the love be strong, For the mist, if it comes, and the weeping rain Will be changed by the love into sunshine again.
I like to hold onto this saying: The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground. ~Author Unknown