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Literary Ecclesiastes: Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

Updated on July 11, 2012

Don't Sit Around And Wait For The Miracle

It's hard to just want your dreams, expect them to happen as if by destiny or divine providence, and then wait to see nothing materialize, time and time again. As Bruce Springsteen sings, "spend your life waiting for a moment that just don't come" in Badlands, every artist, entrepreneur, and ambitious person has to put it out their over and over. No one sees it unless you give them a chance to; the world neither comes to you, nor do you assertively conquer it. It's a two way dance, and it's with all around you, the full spectrum of options presented in any given moment. And the spectrum of options is usually much larger than most people, including myself, are aware of; there is no need to invest only in one path or two paths, but instead to look and pursue a variety of enterprises and then see what happens. In a sense, the responsibility is not always even yours; it's only your role to put in your effort and put out your requests -whether it's a new job, a new opportunity in school, or an artistic venture. Markets abound, people abound, and doors can open or not open from around any corner at any given time. Who is paying attention? Ecclesiastes says this, much more poetically:

11: 1-4

[[Cast your bread upon the waters,

For you will find it after many days.

Give a serving to seven, and also to eight,

For you do not know what evil will be on the earth.

If the clouds are full of rain,

They empty themselves upon the earth;

And if a tree falls to the south or the north,

In the place where the tree falls,

there it shall lie.

He who observes the wind will not sow,

And he who regards the clouds will not reap.]]


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