I was looking through some quotes that my eldest son had given me as a present a few years ago and I came across a couple that I would like to share with you all.
The first is from a writer that my eldest son likes a lot. And who has written a number of books and was a well known speaker on BBC radio during the 2nd World War. Better known as C.S. Lewis, Clive Staples Lewis a former atheist wrote many books, among the better known ones are the Narnia Chronicles (The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe etc).
However among the quotes that my son sent me this one stood out to me, this one deals with testing belief. This quote comes from his book – ‘A Grief Observed’, printed in 1961.
“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. It is easy for you to believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose that you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it? . . . Only a real risk test the reality of a belief.
Clive Staples Lewis
Next is a quote dealing with Crisis. This come from a book called ‘The Different Drum’, by Morgan Scott Peck (1936 – 2005), who was an American psychiatrist and best selling author , who’s first book, ‘The Road Less Traveled’, sold over ten million books.
“It may seem strange that we should want to look at our lives as an everyday crisis. But I am reminded of the Chinese word for crisis, which consists of two characters: one represents “danger” and the other “hidden opportunity.” Certainly we should like our lives to be one of daily opportunity . . . Contrary to what many might believe, the healthy life is hardly one marked by an absence of crisis. In fact an individual’s psychological health is distinguished by how early he or she can meet crisis.”
M Scott Peck
It might be just me, but I think that these two quotes go together and they look at the same thing in different ways. Testing our beliefs can bring us to a crisis and help us to understand who we are and our place in life & society and can help us to work out where we want to go with our lives.
Anyway that’s all from me today, have fun and take care. Until next time.