Thursday, April 26, 2007

knowing stuff

"We learn that, on the one hand, we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and, on the other hand, that we need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven." ~ C. S. Lewis

Found this through Sarah, down in the comments section of this post. You know, there was a while there when I got the silly notion that when you grow up, you've "arrived" and now are Competent and Know Stuff. Turns out, you still wander around figuring stuff out and going, "Heeey, I didn't know that..." This quote makes a lot more sense to me now than it would have even a few months--weeks!--ago. It's still a wonder to me, though, to understand it.

I hope he's right.


Su said...

Dang. I've been anxiously waiting for Competent and Know Stuff day... you mean it won't automatically come on my 30th birthday?

Sarah said...

It certainly hasn't come by the 27th birthday. Unfortunately most of the stuff we learn comes from experiences, both painful and joyful. I like that quote.

I was talking with someone the other day and she said don't despair when you lose the battle. The war is already won, and you're on the winning side!