“Tout vient a qui sait attendre.”
All hoped-for things will come to you
Who have the strength to watch and wait,
Our longings spur the steeds of Fate,
This has been said by one who knew.
‘Ah, all things come to those who wait,’
(I say these words to make me glad),~ Lady Mary Montgomerie Currie wrote this poem under a pseudonym, Violet Fane, 1872
But something answers soft and sad,
‘They come, but often come too late.’
You and I both thought that proverb, telling us we must wait for the good in life, was about ketchup. I, for one, was shocked to learn it has a more profound implication. With that knowledge, let me offer you some advice. If you’re standing by for ketchup, stop it, open the cap and use a knife. To say all things come to those who wait is to misunderstand the author’s intent. Read it again. She is advising us, life is too short to delay gratification.
Speaking of which, a well regarded, morbid killjoy once said, we are all dying, from the moment of birth. Oh, it was a Buddha.
“We begin to die from the moment we are born, for birth is the cause of death. The nature of decay is inherent in youth, the nature of sickness is inherent in health, in the midst of life we are verily in death.”~Gautama Buddha
(What an asshole.) Well, he certainly was in a morbid state of mind, not to be mistaken for Billy Joel’s more pleasant New York State of mind. I draw from our second quote today that there is no hope for us. As the author states, we are all dying, and the cause of our death is our birth. What is the point of anything if this is our fatalistic outlook?
We know we’re dying, what is unknown is how much time each of us has left to live, which brings me to the last words of wisdom I’ll offer—
“Be happy for this moment; this moment is your life.”The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
Omar Khayyám was a 10th century astronomer, writer, poet, and mathematician. It has been over a decade since I first read his advice. It is a life altering concept, if you allow it to be, but also easy to forget when you’re in the middle of living your story.
That was all the wisdom for the day, now I offer idiocy. The last quote to think about as you go about your day—
“Patience is a virtue.”~William Langland, English poet, 1360
Is it? Accepting misfortune without complaint is virtuous when it is unavoidable, but if it’s a lifestyle, you’re doing life wrong. Again, it’s like waiting ketchup. Is it worth the risk of missing out on dessert? The biggest regret dying people have is for what they didn’t do, and like that Buddha said, we are all dying. My opinion is that patience breeds discontent. My advise, take it or leave it, is to find purpose in our otherwise meaningless lives by choosing to live in this moment.
Is it joke time? I think so.
- Three conspiracy theorists walk into a bar. Can’t be a coincidence, something’s up.
*This post is not a personal declaration of illness.