Whenever I think if the quote, “Cast thy bread upon the water…” my first thought is always, “And thee will have soggy bread.” Yuck. But this morning I looked it up to find the source. I always thought it was from the Bible, and lo and behold, it is. Ecclesiastes 11:1. And the verse ends, “for thou shalt find it after many days.”
Now before you think this is some sort of Bible lesson, I am not intending it to be one. But I do think that it is true that, to quote the Bible again, “for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7-9
So what’s got me on this Bible quoting kick? Well, to tell the truth, I was kvetching about how I sometimes feel left out of certain things, events, that I think I would like to be included in. These are usually times when the “cool kids” get together or the artists gather and talk about spiritual, inspirational or philosophical concern. Deep thoughts abound there I am sure. Not negative really, just the meeting of minds and opinions shared and honored with the caveat that others are allowed to respectfully disagree. And the agreement is that sometimes it is quite necessary to agree to disagree and let it go.
So that thought “cast upon the water” and thinking that it was just not my lot to be included, the bread came back...and lo and behold, it was not soggy! Oh course then I began to argue with myself and find reasons not to participate. Practical reasons such as it really was not convenient to drive so far out of my way or irrational reasons such as I would be disappointed and once again my cynicism affirmed. Sigh.
So we shall see what we shall see. I think that is a quote, but a quick search on Google yielded no satisfactory results. It feels like a resignation, similar to “Whatever shall be, shall be.” Maybe its not a resignation afterall. Maybe its just an acceptance that we cannot see the future, predict what will happen if we do accept that invitation from the cool kids, or “que sera sera!”