Friday, August 5, 2011

the culture of pie

Guess what?

Author's Note: "Guess what?" is the most ridiculously pointless question ever. 
Because usually what you're about to tell the person is something that you haven't told them and you know for a fact that they don't know, which is why you're about to tell them that in the first place. So why ask them to guess what you're going to say? Because they're obviously not going to. And even if they somehow magically do guess, then it'll deprive you of the joy of telling them your news in the first place. 
This is what is colloquially known as a lose-lose situation.
Lame sauce.

But be that as it may, you won't ever ever guess, so I'll just tell you:

I want to be a triangle peg.

Just hear me out.

You know that old saying: "trying to fit a square peg in a round hole"? Yeah?
So I used that expression today, while having birthday brunch with two friends. And, because I am blessed with brilliant friends, one of them replied:
"Well, you just need to find a square hole. Or, better yet, become a triangle peg, because they can fit in both square and round holes."
Let me repeat that: triangle pegs can fit in both square and round holes.

How amazing is that? If you're just yourself; if you're someone so totally genuine and perfectly unique; if you're following God's own personal triangle-peg plan for you; if you eschew both the squareness and the roundness, and reach for something greater, then you will find peace and comfort wherever you go.
No matter where life takes you- from the squares to the circles and back again, you'll fit.
You'll fit because you are so perfectly at home within the strange shape of your own body, because you inhabit so comfortably your own soul.
It reminds me of St. Paul's words: "I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." (1 Cor 9:22)
St. Paul, welcome to the ranks of triangle pegs.

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