This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!
Some people might think it’s scripture, but “to thine own self be true” is actually Shakespeare; found in Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, lines 78–81. Lately, I’ve been thinking about this line a lot, as I weigh various personal and business responsibilities against the need to take some kind of break for the personal betterment of both myself and Mrs. W. For the last 96 hours, some of that has seen fulfillment.
However, I won’t bore you with the details. Not that I can’t write them in an un-boring style, but simply because the memories are too fresh of my early days reading Christian blogs where — after having enjoyed an excellent fall, winter and spring of reading everyone’s theological pontifications — I got really frustrated reading these same people discussing exciting or exotic trips involving the use of state parks, watercraft or even airplanes.
Our last few days involved neither of those conveyances or locales, though horses were briefly involved.
But see, there’s a detail, and that’s what I want to avoid. Those of you forced to have a ‘staycation’ this year don’t need anything to make them feel like Cinderella, whose step-sisters have gone to the ball, while they stay at home working extra shifts to try to pay down the MasterCard.
Trust me, it’s been a mostly ‘staycation’ kind of summer for us, too; but at the end, I had to invoke the “to thine own self be true” principle and make something happen, even if on a small scale and limited budget. However, it’s often too easy to make things sound glamorous; to induce envy in readers. I know what it’s like to covet the life someone else has.
“To thine own self…?” It has some validity and application some of the time. Just don’t spend hours poring over your concordance looking for a Bible principle that’s not there.