The Spice of Life?

A Question For You

Willam Cowper

Variety is the spice of life. Do you know who said that? It was a poet named William Cowper, 1731-1800. Mr. Cowper wrote in The Task in 1785,

 “Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.” 

Some Perspective

His line about variety is very well know, is often quoted, but a bit surprising. You see, Mr. Cowper suffered from severe manic depression. He was a devout believer of the Christian faith, but due to his depression, he experienced doubt and often feared that he was doomed to eternal damnation. 

What a terrible way to live, to have faith and hope in the resurrected savior while simultaneously suffering from chemical imbalances of the brain causing mental illness. 

Makes me wonder how he ever came up with a phrase of such lovely optimism. Did he imagine that his line would grow famous? That it would travel the world and one day become imbedded within American popular culture? 

For Consideration

I tend to think of myself as being small. I make jokes wondering if anyone will show up for my funeral. Somebody asked, “If you pull your finger out of a bowl of water, how long does it take for the hole to fill in?” That’s me I think, just a little finger in a small bowl of water.

 Within a world of seven billion, a nation of 300 million, and a metropolitan city of six million, I can feel that I’m just another ant in a colony of millions of ants. 

For Daily Value

Unlike Mr. Cowper, I don’t suffer from manic depression. However, I occasionally struggle with having a Godly and healthy self-image. Why? Lot’s of reasons. But probably for some of the same reasons for which some of you struggle. 

I may yet do something memorable. Leave a heritage of words. Make an impact beyond anything I could have imagined. Write a book that changes someone’s life. Live to see my kids reach higher than I ever dreamed of reaching. Maybe?  

Becoming famous, being known by millions, isn’t important. I’ve come to believe that what is important is living a life with faith, serving others with love, and investing in people through lasting relationships.

Some Final Thoughts

In the end, it won’t be the recognition, the awards, or the achievements that will matter; not even the memorable quotes! It will be the people. Not how many, but how close.

Some say that variety is the spice of life. 

I believe that life tastes best when its lived in deep connection with others. 

Make your life count.


3 thoughts on “The Spice of Life?

  1. You are correct about needing deep connection. One of the most common complaints I hear in couples therapy from wives, is that she doesn’t feel a deep connection with her husband. He has become distant, wont talk to her, wont tell her what he is feeling etc…She expresses this as a Need for her. Without that, she feels lonely. I believe we also need that kind of connection with God. Perhaps he also needs it?


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