|photo from the 1994 BBC MIDDLEMARCH movie|
I just want to segue into this post by asking you to pray for those in the path of the Colorado wildfires, and that God will send rain. I know personally how a fire can wreak unbelievable damage in a short amount of time, and that experience sticks with you for life. I know so many prayers are being lifted on this account right now.
For today’s quote, I had to delve into Middlemarch, by George Eliot. Now, I love George Eliot, but this book is a little loooonger to get through. Lots of political jargon about Whigs and whatnot–not my cup o’ coffee.
But one thing I love about George Eliot–she’s the master of the completely obtrusive omniscient viewpoint. In other words, as an author, she injects her own opinions liberally and firmly. This quote is one of those opinions, which flies in the face of the “communicate your every injury” philosophy that has infected our marriages today. Sometimes, we just have to keep our mouths shut. Not usually, but sometimes.
“We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinnertime, keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, ‘Oh, nothing!’ Pride helps us, and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts–not to hurt others.”
****What do you think? Is it good to keep our hurts to ourselves sometimes, in order not to hurt others?****