Thursday, April 15, 2010

A few words from Kierkegaard...

Being a natural born philosopher (or this is what I have been accused of many many times), here are some of my favorite thoughts from one of my personal favorite philosophers: Soren Kierkegaard, the Danish theologian and philosopher.

"God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners." (That, my friends, is my life in a nutshell.)

"Boredom is the root of all evil..." (Two out of my three children have proved this time and time again. I just ripped out a chunk of carpet and carpet pad because one of my three flooded the floor... for the second day in a row. Yes boredom = evil.)

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." (Hindsight is 20/20... we could all write a book about parenting after the fact. What I did wrong today with my kids always resonates loudly in my mind after the children have gone to sleep.)

"There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming." (Moses? You? Me?)

And my favorite: "People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me." (I have two thoughts on this one: Is this every child's secret thought? We understand how we, as parents are to the children, yet do we really take the time to try to understand them? Secondly: (just for fun) picture Groucho Marx saying this... cigar wagging and eyebrows bouncing... it's a good laugh. OK, maybe it's just me. Oh, come on!!! I can totally picture Groucho saying this!!!)

Well that's enough philosophy for the night.

Happy trails!