Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Something to think about...

This quote was printed in our bulletin at church last Sunday. I really like it and thought that it was worth sharing.

"People get from books the idea that if you have married the right person you may expect to go on "being in love" forever. As a result, when they find they are not, they think this proved they have made a mistake and are entitled to a change- not realizing that, when they have changed, the glamour will presently go out of the new love just as it went out of the old one. In this department of life, as in every other, thrills come at the beginning and do not last...Let the thrill go - let it die away - go on through that period of death into the quieter interest and happiness that follow - and you will find that you are living in a world of new thrills all the time. But if you make thrills your regular diet and try to prolong them artificially, they will all get weaker and weaker, and fewer and fewer, and you will be a bored, disillusioned old man for the rest of your life. It is because so few people understand this that you find many middle-aged men and women maundering about their lost youth, at the very age when new horizons ought to be appearing and new doors opening all round them. It is much better fun to learn to swim than to go on endlessly (and hopelessly) trying to get back the feeling you had when you first went paddling as a small boy."

-C.S Lewis, Mere Christianity

1 comment:

Erin said...

This is so true. Except that for our modern world I would say that people are BOMBARDED with this concept from t.v. and movies. whereas in C.S. Lewis' time, people "got the idea from books." This makes me think about the concept of the promise land here on earth that I blogged about awhile ago. That if we trust God's plan (not hollywood's!!!!), we will find a happiness beyond our wildest dreams. Thanks for the post, Christine. I passed it along.