“What about my marriage?” a naive, much younger me once asked a psychic.
“The foundation is firm,” the woman responded hesitantly, “but not without cracks.”
Cracks? It was more like gaping holes. Easy to see now, in retrospect, but at the time, I was convinced we were rock solid. The suggestion of anything less insulted me.
What I didn’t understand then, was that any construction is only as good as its foundation and my own personal footings were weak to crumbling. That husband and I had met and after only three dates, decided to build a life together – so much for laying a foundation.
Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity
cannot serve as a foundation for a good future,
no matter how much effort you make.
This week, I challenge you to think about foundations – metaphorically or literally. What are the components of a strong foundation? Do you have a story about a foundation that proved less than reliable? Or, maybe you just want to photograph foundations and see where it leads you.
Here’s another quotation, from St. Augustine, to inspire you:
Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being.
Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty
fabric? Think first about the foundations of
humility. The higher your structure is to be,
the deeper must be its foundation.
Look forward to your response!