Monday, July 18, 2011

Live Without These Regrets

These two quotes I found made me think about having the right perspective on life.  Sometimes famous last words force us to us consider just how "off" our point of view is until we reach the end of our life, and begin to see it all in perspective.  In the words of Issac Newton and Leonardo da Vinci, let's see how these two very successful men would have lived differently if they could have done it all over:

Isaac Newton, 
"I don't know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."

Leonardo da Vinci,
"I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have."

We don't have to wait until the end of our lives to realize how very short of a time we have to live each day for all it's worth.  While it's true that this world is so vast that we could never explore it all in one lifetime, Newton's regret suggests that we ought not to be so tunnel-visioned that we forget about everything outside our immediate interests.  Just take time to let things soak in.  So what if you're not a biologist, take an hour and study what makes grass green!  God made this great big world in such a manner that we can enjoy it... pause and discover something new.

If you've ever studied Leonardo da Vinci, you know that his work is anything but ordinary.  He put his very best on canvas, time and time again.  Yet at the end of his life, he regrets not reaching the quality he felt God deserves.  Is our work half-done or blown through without regard to excellence?  Do we brand high-quality workers as "OCD" and laugh them off as nerds?  If so, imagine the regrets WE will have at the end of our lives.  

I'm sure these quotes could have been picked apart far better than I ever could, and if you have any suggestions regarding their interpretation, please leave a comment.  God wants us to enjoy life!  Let's live in a way that won't leave room for regrets like these.

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