You don’t have to go far these days to find a quip, quote or short analogy that fuels and inspires you. The question is, who said it?
I recently found this awesome quote:
A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labour and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself he always seems to be doing both. Enough for him that he does it well.
In my research of the credited author, I discovered an entire investigation on the accuracy and originator of the source.
One writer was convinced the saying was from a Zen Buddhist master, but stated he found it to be attributed the late author James Michener. And yet another seeker said they found the quote to be attributed to the Chinese Taoist philosopher Lao-Tau.
Quote Investigators reports that “there is no compelling evidence the quote was crafted by Michener. Nor is there evidence of a Zen Buddhist origin.” QI adds, “The spiritual tradition of the creator of the passage is Unitarian, Lawrence Pearsall Jacks, an educator and Unitarian minister” from the 1930s.
My point is, is anything original anymore?
There is no one like you and I on the face of the planet, yet we seek someone else’s wisdom, revelation, ideas, and philosophy for inspiration.
Why don’t we draw from our own well?
One argument is, “Why dig your own well when you can draw from someone else’s.” Depends on what you are looking for.
If you are looking for words to simply emphasize your point, or reinforce your idea, (or to make you look smart) then lower your bucket and draw. However, if you are truly seeking the substance of life, the essence of truth, you can’t borrow that from anyone; you must dig for it yourself.
It’s recorded that the Master Teacher, Jesus, went up into the temple, and taught. And the Jews marveled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
Who has sent you?
Jesus taught without being learned (mmmm….there’s something to that statement right there.) Where do you find new truth?
There is pure doctrine, revelation, wisdom, philosophy, ideology; a source of truth that doesn’t come from man, but rather through man.
Jesus declared, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
Where do you go to drink?
What flows out of you?
Where is your source?
Are you original?