Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thought for the Day

“The continuing struggle was once described in the following metaphor by a patient who had successfully completed a long course of psychotherapy: 'I came to therapy hoping to receive butter for the bread of life.  Instead, at the end, I emerged with a pail of sour milk, a churn, and instructions on how to use them.' ”

Sheldon B. Kopp

10 comments:

Tamago said...

That's a great metaphor! I think it can be applied in many phases of life!

Laoch of Chicago said...

Tamago, agreed. Kopp was an eminently sensible fellow.

susie said...

Some of your quotes are difficult for me to grasp, but I get this one.

Laoch of Chicago said...

susie, it is a clear and useful metaphor.

Antares Cryptos said...

And then what?
;)

Laoch of Chicago said...

ac, Sarte once wrote, "existence precedes essence." What he meant was that what is next is up to you. You have the freedom to choose.

Antares Cryptos said...

Have not heard that one, thank you.

Unless, the universe we inhabit turns out to be predetermined. Lugubrious Philip Roth recently stated that the "meaning of life is death". One hopes he was just having a bad day.

Laoch of Chicago said...

ac, I assume he meant that the ever present reality of our certain, but not readily predictable death, gives lives urgency, and forces meaning.

Antares Cryptos said...

42?
Dealing with the irritating, mundanity of poor service...
Participating in the circle of life?
Unless I am a slow learner.

I can only describe the universe and science as breathtaking and magical, but spend too much time with nonsense and inefficiency in a human life that is programmed to be too short.

Laoch of Chicago said...

ac, maybe it is a matter of perspective and relativity?