Yesterday I Was Foolish

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Thought for the Week

No one can remain young–although some manage to approximate it by remaining foolish. Sadly, our world encourages the behavior. And always has. The phrase “live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse” derives from a comment about the children of aristocrats in the 1800s. But the brash pursuit of pleasure over hard-earned wisdom goes back even further (let’s just say Adam and Eve). Why? Because pleasure is a pretty little bubble that appears in an instant and is gone in an instant. But wisdom is a vast, sheltering oak that grows slowly and unobserved. It’s the result of not just time (there are plenty of foolish old people), but of circumspection, of patience and humility, and it lasts and nurtures others for generations to come. So, let us look beyond what we see to what we will be.

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ~Rumi

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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30 Responses to Yesterday I Was Foolish

  1. Thanks for the thought provoking post, Mitch! Have a beautiful and blessed week! xx Michael

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  2. Always a great read. Full of wisdom.

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  3. arthurouma says:

    Thank you for the wise words sir

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  4. I love Rumi! Hadn’t seen this quote before.

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  5. I particuarly like the Rumi quote.

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  6. revruss1220 says:

    Amen. Wisdom is a tragically undervalued commodity these days, isnt It? Pervasive social media is not adding to its store,

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  8. “But wisdom is a vast, sheltering oak that grows slowly and unobserved.” So beautifully said 🙂

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  9. Piano girl says:

    “But wisdom is a vast, sheltering oak that grows slowly and unobserved.” Thank you for the wisdom. 😊

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  10. Mitch, you pack a powerful punch in a paragraph. This is rich and needs to be slowly savored like a piece of fudge.

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  11. gregoryjoel says:

    What a great thought for the week! Thanks Mitch!

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  12. emmblu says:

    In this hedonistic world of instant gratification, Pleasure is a god whose altar you need to worship at and Wisdom is the lowly beggar you occasionally toss a few coins to.
    Great post!

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  13. believe4147 says:

    i like your quote. It’s one we need learn early in life so as not to be so foolish.

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  14. LaDonna Remy says:

    Such good truth. ❤

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  15. Yes, and in James 1:5 we read, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” What a promise that is!

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