The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. – Carl Jung
I love philosophers and psychologists. I love deep thematic thinkers. I love lexicographers. I love hanging out with people – it usually provides an opportunity for a good conversation, a great laugh and good food. But most of all, I love this quote attributed to Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss Psychiatrist – “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.”
Unfortunately, I did not come across this quote until the last five (5) of my first thirty-five (35) years. This period marked the end of the first phase of my career. Late as it seems though, I’m glad that I eventually came across it. As the saying goes, “it’s always better late than never.” If I had learned and applied this principle to many of the career decisions I made earlier, it would have saved me a great deal of time, energy and job-hopping.
All things work to-get-her for good. As much as I love to console myself with this truth, on this side of eternity, we’re ruled by time. TIME. I’m almost certain that if I had understood the implications of the quote earlier on in life, I probably would have made wise® decisions. And those decisions would have yielded better, enviable results, no? But then, who knows? In retrospect, there’s a likelihood that I’m better off now, personality-wise.
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. – Carl Jung This quote can be paraphrased to mean “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” In essence, it implies that there are no hard and fast rules for any particular situation or circumstance. What is right for one person may be wrong for another. What works for one individual might cause the downfall of another. As a psychiatrist, and one who proposed theories on personality types and temperaments, Jung’s point is simple, “there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.” QED
However, no matter how thin you pour the barter, there are still two sides to a pancake. In today’s world, “right” and “wrong” are subject to individual perception and largely dependent on the situation and circumstances. As a result, we need a guide, you know, sort of a road-map. People change. Perspectives change. Opinions change. Times and Seasons change. This is why it’s important to have an anchor for the soul. The Word is our anchor, as the Psalmist said: “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I may not sin against you.”
Irrespective of our circumstances, situations, or individual bents and leanings, through all the changing scenes (and sins) of life, God’s word is standard. He gives us direction. And because He never changes, we can rely upon Him when we are at crossroads and are clueless as to what steps to take or where to turn to.