This is Day 2 of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge that Su Leslie at Zimmerbitch tagged me to participate in. As I noted in Day 1 of the challenge, the idea is to provide a different quote over 3 days with an explanation of why / how it inspires me or makes me think.
The obvious quote for me to work with would be the one on the header of my blog, but well … that is too obvious, so I’m heading in a different direction.
Now, I’m not a religious person by any stretch of the imagination, but I would be delusional if I pretended that I haven’t been strongly influenced by my Catholic upbringing.
This quote really began to resonate with me during my teen years. I was one of those kids who spent way too much time deep in my own head pondering the meaning of life. I was convinced the answer was “out there” – just beyond my grasp.
For the purpose of this blog post, I actually did some research on the meaning of the biblical passage – of which I discovered the above line is only one part. To my surprise, I found that I had been misinterpreting this quote all these years.
It’s actually a metaphor for prayer … with the implication that prayer needs to be a continual habit to be effective. Who would have guessed that? Apparently not me.
I had taken this quote literally … like I do most things … and as a result, I’ve been *seeking* for the vast majority of my life. In fact I actually wrote about it once where I identified myself as A Seeker.
After some careful consideration, I’ve decided I’m going to stick to my original interpretation. My version has served me well all these years – after all, if you have the habit of always curiously watching and observing the world around you, you are bound to see and discover things you might not have otherwise noticed.
That’s not such a bad way to go through life.
One thing I overlooked in my Day 1 post, was tagging 3 people to participate with their own 3 days, 3 quotes. Since I forgot (remember the rusty, ancient brain?), I’m hoping some of you will be inspired to participate on your own. We all have little sayings that seem to provide a touchstone to guide us along. I’d be interested in reading about yours.