Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

 

7 One who is full loathes honey from the comb,

   but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

8 Like a bird that flees its nest

   is anyone who flees from home.

 

 Temperance is not only a virtue, it is also a key to enjoying what life has to offer. Overindulgence in anything – be it food or drink, possessions or even relationships – smothers the appetite and leaves one loathing that in which they once found pleasure. What hope of satisfaction is there for the glutton? Moderation in all things, which the fool interprets as “no fun,” is actually the most satisfying way to live.

 “Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home.” The common denominator in all of your problems is you. Those who are tempted to run away from their problems forget the vulnerability of the wanderer, exposed to the elements in unfamiliar places. The bird may have much work to do in its nest but it is safe there, apart from it there are all manner of predators looking to catch it. Run away from your trouble and you will only expose yourself to more trouble. When life is overwhelming, find a small step you can take in the right direction and take it. Then another, and another after that. You may be surprised at how your perspective changes.

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