“All that glitters is not gold.” Have you heard that before? It’s line from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. You know, Shakespeare was a pretty wise man, besides being a passable playwright. There is much wisdom in that brief line (and yes, know the original is “All that glisters is not gold”). Throughout history it seems that people are tremendously motivated by gold (or in our age, by “green”), relentlessly pursuing bigger and bigger piles of the stuff in an attempt to get rich. Some have succeeded spectacularly, but most don’t hit the “big time.” Sadly, in the process they miss what I believe are far greater riches.
Is there anything in the world that can compare to the feel of a child’s arms running to the door to greet you, leaping up into your arms and throwing their tiny arms around you neck and squeezing as hard as they can? Or the smile on their face when they open a birthday or Christmas present, or a “just because I love you” present? Can anything equal the loving smile of a wife or husband, or the hug of support during difficult times? How about the tail-wagging greeting of a beloved dog who literally dances for joy and spins around in circles because you’re home? What about the wonder of laying outside at night, gazing up in wonder at the vast expanse of the universe, pondering the size and scope, trying to sense the coldness of the deep, black, empty spaces separating stars and galaxies? You may not enjoy that, but what about music, photography, reading, being with friends?
In our pursuit of gold/green, it is easy to sacrifice things such as these for a few more coin. And in the process, we often miss out on the most wonderful treasures of all.
Photography is one of the things that gives me joy and fills my life with riches (not of the monetary kind!) On those occasions when a picture really “pops” and delights me, I revel in it. Today’s picture is a reminder to me that all that glitters is not gold…
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 30 BC the foxy chick known to the world as Cleopatra, died.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: the smallest mammal in North America is the pygmy shrew. It weighs less than 1/14th of an ounce – less than a dime.