Stones in the Path


“Auch aus Steinen, die dir in den Weg gelegt werden, kannst du etwas Schönes bauen.”

Today is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s birthday.  My multi-lingual daughter translated his sentiment: “Even the stones that are laid in your path can be built into something beautiful.”

Goethe’s turn-of-phrase seems a particularly elegant version of her father’s enduring acceptance of what life handed out–the beautiful and the terrible things that happened in his.

It also was Goethe who is reported to have said, “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”  Jim lived by that, too.

On some days–for most of us–that aspiration is harder to meet than others.  Days and dates can be etched with wistful memory and regret and pain.

On other days, those seemingly fleeting sights, sounds, and words, are resoundingly good for the soul.


Author: Stephanie

In her spare time, Stephanie works full-time, and then some, as an attorney. She has published articles and delivered talks in arcane fields like forensic evidentiary issues, jury instructions, and expert scientific witness preparation. She attended law school near the the banks of the Charles River and loves that dirty water; she will always think of Boston as her home. You are welcome to take a look at her Facebook author page, or follow @SMartinGlennon on Twitter and @schnitzelpond on Instagram. Bonus points for anyone who understands the Instagram handle. All content on this blog, unless otherwise attributed, is (c) 2012-2023 by Stephanie M. Glennon and should not be reproduced (in any form other than re-blogging in accordance with the wee Wordpress buttons at the bottom of each post) without the express permission of the domain holder.

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