“All is gold that glitters, for the glitter is the gold,” sings Innocent Smith convincingly in G.K. Chesterton’s rollicking book Manalive.
While I wouldn’t recommend Mr. Smith as a financial advisor, his words provide the countering truth to the old adage, “All that glitters is not gold.”
The latter statement is obvious and declares an obvious truth: flattering externals can hide the truth. Just like fortune hunters had to be wary of fool’s gold, we must remember that appearances can hide reality.
But Innocent Smith’s merry tune tumbles into another great truth.
Perhaps there isn’t always enough of that glittering gold (or, uh, gleaming plastic?) to enjoy, but we do have the stars sparkling more brilliantly than diamonds and tiny wildflowers that are as delicate as rubies.
As Chesterton hilariously points out, we need to take a fresh look at the world around us. In the midst of our fast paced lives we must stop.
Look at creation through childlike eyes. Breathe in the beauty of trees in autumn or the refreshing taste of water. Realize that the commonplace is amazingly sublime as long as we look at it the right way.
“’What would be the good of gold,’ he was saying, ‘if it did not glitter? Why should we care for a black sovereign anymore than a black sun at noon? A black button would do just as well. Don’t you see that everything in this yard looks like a jewel? And will you kindly tell me what the deuce is the good of a jewel except that it looks like a jewel? Leave off buying and selling, and start looking! …”
We women wield incredible influence in the mood of our home and family. If we view Creation as a wonder to be delighted in, if we bask in contentment, it will certainly rub off.
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