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Friday, 31 July 2015

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The other day as I was running by the river, I passed two mums pushing prams. Immediately, my heart did its leap-sink-longing thing, as I felt the desire for a family. As I jogged on, I remembered a colleague at work, who frequently talks about how much he wishes he could still run. This in turn made me think of a blog post I'd read about a mum who felt she'd given up her "perfect shape" for having kids; she was adamant it was worth it, and yet still acknowledged the reality of the sacrifice and the pining for her pre-parenthood body.

As I thought about all the very similar and yet very different deep yearnings of the hearts of humanity my thought process ended up looking a bit like this.

Ever wanted to exchange: 
Curly hair for straight?
Or straight hair for curly?
Your skinny for some curves?
All your curves to be more skinny?
Shortness for a few more inches?
Tallness for a few less?
Some of your intelligence for an upgrade in beauty?
A little less attention for a little more respect?
Ever wanted to exchange: 
Singleness for marriage?
Or marriage for singleness?
Independence for company?
Company for a break?
Holidays for more success?
Productivity for a holiday?
All of your time for just a little more money?
A well paid job for just a little more time?
Ever wanted to exchange:
Certainty and security for a life of much more pleasure?
Free and easy living for the guarantee of safety? 
The day-in, day-out grind for the benefits of privilege? 
The benefits of privilege for fewer harsh presumptions? 
Amicable relationships for a lot more power?
Your high position for popularity you can trust?
Weakness for strength?
Strength for vulnerability?
Ever wanted to exchange: 
Your food to be in fashion?
What's in fashion for health?
Your self-control for impulsiveness?
Your spontaneity for wisdom?
Your wisdom for wit? 
Your wit for self control?
Your restraint for some emotion?
Your emotion for some stillness? 

Ever wanted to exchange:
This one thing for anything else?
Anything else for that one thing? 

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"Thou hast made us for thyself, 
and our heart is restless until 
it finds its rest in Thee."
Augustine

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"Come, all you who are thirsty, 
come to the waters."
Isaiah

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"I will give you rest.
Jesus 
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