To Yield Or Not To Yield

Have you invited someone for a visit?  When we prepare for company, we yield to all that can be set as pleasantly as possible.  It takes planning and doing.

To yield or not yield to proceeding need at least a mental preparation for going ahead.  It is an open invitation of sorts to go ahead.

Our driving laws protect us from accidents and we observe YIELD signs with caution.  I think it serves to know that caution is a mindful choice that serves us well.

“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil.  The only crime is pride.” _Sophocles, Antigone

“When it was time, the tree came to rest on the forest floor, and slowly gave itself back to the earth from which young saplings sprang anew.”-Anonymous

I am serving this quote with an invitation to all video game producers.  How about reading the play and introducing its drake to be used a learning tool?

The saddest drama of unfolding events has to do with a ruler who abides by the laws of his country despite warnings of his wrongdoing.  He cannot forgive a citizen even though his own son, and refuses to allow a proper burial.  Two sisters are n the play, and Antigone is the one who fulfills the rightful rite for her brother’s death in order that his soul be safe.  I am more or less telling the story from the little I know.

In the end, the king, Creon, who defies all pleas, loses his family, including his wife who commits suicide in learning of her son’s death.  The grim story has nuggets of wisdom.

It is only through punishment the unyielding will acquire wisdom.  The dramas of life are seen in a tapestry of tightly woven threads.  All of these stories serve a banquet of subjects to be discussed as a means of exercising the mind to be attuned in resolving real problems in daily lives.

The cycle of life is like the one described of the oak tree.  The beauty is in the understanding the laws of our loving Creator’s heart.  We receive and we give. 

How can it be that we make no time to read the works of masters who pondered over situations so similar in our present time?  It seems like no brainer to  think we would ahead as a more humane society in a world serving humanity.

How can we arrive at a resolution without a proper education or say a wholesome perspective for discernment?

I understand there are so many other tempting forms of entertainment that to give attention to things written so very long ago seems fruitless.  It is not so my friends.

The truth is we yield to temptations without our cautionary cloaks.  How many can think of times when one choice misled whereas another made selflessly merely sustained the integrity of a commitment?

That is the way of the yielding.  It requires caution.  It deserves our full attention because in the end we will live with the consequences.

To quote my dear friend Creta’s brother, “It is what it is.”

“Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser.” _ Proverbs 9:9

We can accept our lot.

As you know, I lean on God for all that I understand. He is the source of all love in this world, and for us when we ask.  We continually learn the lessons, take the tests, and carry on.

The following quote gave me pause, and I hope it sheds light about our need to better educated.

”  Americans are no wiser than Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism.  Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.” _Timothy D. Snyder

Counting blessings is a start to realizing how we have been endowed so that we may also yield to serving as our teachers in life have; the experiences of our elders together with all ancestors, do stand as statues carved with wrinkles, tears, and smiles triggering understanding as water filling the crevices in the banks of life’s rivers.

We can make the most of our time:

”  Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.” _Henry David Thoreau

 

 

 

 


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