Wise Words from Williams: A rolling stone gathers no moss

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Every so often I hear or see things that remind me of the days I was growing up, and the rich culture of learning we were exposed to as children.
The society was such that we could be spoken to frankly and directly without being offended. Most of what we learned was not just things that we would utilize as children, but a lot of it helped us for life.
Some of it was encased in the music we sang and danced to. There were songs that contained a number of proverbs about life and how we should live. We were caught up mostly in the rhythm of the song rather than the contents of what was being said but some of it rubbed off on us in due time.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †
I find myself even now remembering a number of those proverbs from childhood days. Observing a friend of mine I quickly recall one of them. It says, ďA rolling stone gathers no moss.Ē
For a stone to gather moss it takes time. The stone has to be in a standstill position. The opposite is also true. If the stone keeps rolling there is no chance of it gathering moss.
There is more than one way to take this old saying.
If you are going to get anywhere you canít keep on running and running, or moving and moving. Unless you are in the military or some such position constantly changing address is seen by creditors and others as a sign of instability.
If you change schools almost like you change grades, or change your major every year or so, it will be difficult for you in school. If you keep changing jobs employers will be afraid to hire you.
Itís difficult for a rolling stone to gather moss, meaning do anything significant or achieve anything significant. It becomes more real the older you get. You can understand young people testing the waters, but the older you get the more your life should exhibit stability.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †
Itís not just addresses and jobs that people move from with great regularity but even church. You meet them one month and they are a member of First Pentecostal Holiness Methodist Baptist and you run into them a few months later and they are now attending the Episcopal Presbyterian Seventh Day Adventist Congregational Church.
My wife would say they have a wandering spirit. But there comes a time when stability must mark our lives.
A rolling stone gathers no moss. Donít let that be said of you. Settle down, do something with your life, and make a contribution to your community and the lives of others.

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