Nipping At Our Heels –
Monday I watched the documentary; “Weiner.”(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTpnBDu6Y6Q) It is the story of Anthony Weiner’s rise and fall on the political landscape not once, but twice, both times because of a sexting scandal. Anthony Weiner is a flawed character that could come straight from a Greek Tragedy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_tragedy). The sexting wouldn’t work but the narcissism, short-sightedness, being your own worst enemy, destroying everyone and everything you love, certainly would make a fitting template.
The question I came away from the documentary is; “Why?” Why would a person who is obviously charismatic, appears to care for the people of his community, is by all accounts a decent person, except of course the giant gorilla in the room…his addiction to receiving attention no matter the damage, and there’s the answer.
In the end, it cost him the mayoral race of New York, his reputation (again), his marriage and his child. He’s now a television mercenary, for hire to anyone who’ll interview him, put him on a TV show panel, feed his need to be in the spotlight.
Wisdom teaches us the demons of pride, envy, wrath, gluttony (the insatiable want of things), lust, sloth (laziness), and greed are always nipping at our heels waiting for us to think we’re invincible, can control them to sink their teeth into our soul and destroy us and everything we love, hold dear.
This morning I filled my coffee mug too full and was unable to secure the lid. I reasoned that leaving some in the pot was wasteful. I picked up my leather satchel, a Walmart bag with my breakfast in it and headed out the door. Opening the door to the truck I put the plastic bag in first with my non-coffee holding hand. When I did this my leather satchel slipped from my other shoulder. As it slid down my arm I instinctively yanked up my coffee holding hand and the morning elixir went everywhere. Ugh! If I had only poured in enough coffee to still fully tighten the lid everything would’ve been fine but I was greedy and even more wasteful as a result.
Wisdom teaches me to know what and when is “enough.” Grabbing as much as I can, filling things to the brim, getting every last drop, makes life messy and a lot of excess energy, patience and time is required to clean it up.