You Can’t Always Get What You Want, and Other Pithy Sayings

George Santayana says that every wise saying has an opposite one — no less wise — to balance it. That’s good to know when beating a dead horse is the end result of “try, try, again,” when at first you did not succeed.

Proverbs and wise sayings are handy shortcuts in our personal relationships, and in the larger arena of our life. These little sound bites are sometimes useful guideposts, and sometimes humorous questions about the status quo, and sometimes are blatantly untrue. Unless they are not.

Proverbs from other cultures make us laugh — like, “beware of the naked man offering you clothing” or “a person who sells eggs should not start a fight in the market.” My favorite one from scripture is “ like a thorn bush in the hand of a drunkard, is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.”

I hope you will join us at eleven:eleven on Sunday to explore and question some of these literary guideposts and to enjoy some music that brings them to life in memorable ways. The band will play music from the Rolling Stones, Kenny Rogers, and the beautiful Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” covered by countless musicians in this century.

Don’t forget that the church’s Back to School Shirt Drive starts this Sunday!


Charme Robarts
Community Advocate

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