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Hobbies and pastimes alone aren't enough to give life meaning
Heat a pop can, minus the drink, on a stove then use tongs to up-end it into iced water. Upshot: one promptly flattened can. Caution: Adults should only try this at home under supervision of a savvy scientific kid.
Life’s a can, and it implodes when what’s inside is not able to cope with the often-enormous pressures outside.
Nor is this is not just another bon mot to partner the box-of-chocolates description of Forest Gump’s mum, for our lives are often full of stuff that evaporates in the white heat of real life.
Take the Rovers’ fan robbed of his premiership team and finding solace in little else. I sat next to one last Saturday as lowly Accy Stanley beat Mr Kean’s side one-nil in a pre-season friendly.
“Out Kean!” the poor chap half screamed, half sobbed as his reason for living continued to evaporate.
The chap behind me confessed that every summer was soulless. Post FA Cup Final, he limped through the close season finding little consolation in Wimbledon, the Open and even our historic Olympics.
For others, it’s a hundred and one other hobbies used to stave off the boring purposelessness of life: crown-green bowling, Corrie, Home and Away exiled to Channel 5, and even living in the Shetlands, according to this week’s happiness survey.
Now, don’t get me wrong: each of the above brightens humdrum lives but individually and even collectively they’re hopeless at stopping body and soul from imploding as problems press in from a hostile world.
That, thousands of Lancastrians are reminded in Sunday's church bible readings, is God’s job (Ephesians 3:14 to 21).
We’re designed to have an intimate personal relationship with him, and other things on their own are just not up to providing the full peace and abundant life we all crave.
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