Picture board

I have a cork board hanging beside my desk at work that is covered with photos of friends, family, places I’ve been on vacation, and my partner. It has pictures of my parents, my sister and I when we were very young children, photos of the children that she went on to have, and even little sayings that have spoken to me over the years.

“An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” – Ghandi
“The person willing to give up freedom for security deserves neither.” – A modern take on Benjamin Franklin’s quote.
“Where governments fear the people, you have liberty. When the people fear the government, you have tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson

I also included a lyric from a song by American-Indian artist, Jana, which always reminds me of exactly why I’m at work.

So be aware of all the things you want
Prepare to pay for what you need
Nothing in the world is free to take
That’s the price of life we have to pay.

There’s even a slip of paper that I got out of a fortune cookie that says, “Stop searching forever. Happiness is right next to you.” And, yes, I was sitting right next to Honey when I opened it.

I recently printed the verses from 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 and posted them on the wall beside the board, as a constant reminder of the importance of love.

I think that’s the main reason I enjoy this picture board so much; when I’m stressed out or just tired and ready to go home, I can glance over to see all the faces and places that represent love to me. And then, in some strange way, I realize that I am already home.

Author: Brian

Blogger. Bookworm. Michael Jackson fanatic. Lives in Kentucky with partner of 12 years and three fabulous felines.

2 thoughts on “Picture board”

  1. Reading this post brought up a random discussion point from yesterday. A friend and I were discussing misconceptions of the Old Testament, and he opened my eyes with two observations;

    1. Eye for an Eye: To properly understand, phrase as “No more than an eye for an eye”. I almost tripped on a line in the parking lot where we were walking as we talked.

    2. Spare the rod and spoil the child: Rod as in tool with which to guide sheep (not beat kids). Don’t give your kids leadership and you’ll ruin them.

    I’m still an atheist, but the OT makes a lot more sense to me now.

  2. @ mario: Great points on both issues. I never thought about either one that way, but they make perfect sense. When we read the Bible, it’s so easy to overlook the historical context. Any modern person reading “spare the rod” will most likely have a completely different interpretation than the one you present, but I like yours much better. ;)

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