More Counsel of Years

From Max Ehrmannn’s Desiderata:

“Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.”

I missed, and a friend reminded me (that’s what friends are for) of the connection between this from Ehrmannn and Paul’s writing in 1 Corinthians 13:11-12:

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.  When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

Reflecting on these It occurs to me that while there is some correlation, the “counsel of the years” that allows us to “put the ways of childhood behind [us]” has less to do with chronological age and more to do with the obstacles we put (or allow to creep in) between us and truth.  Thinking of it another way, no age or generation has “cornered the market” on the inability (or, for that matter, the ability) to see clearly – though I think the 70s disco era may deserve some type of award based on music, clothing, and hair styles alone.

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