“He who has his mind on taking, no longer has it on what he has taken.”
The great sixteenth-century French essayist Michel de Montaigne wrote that. I’m struck by two things as I reflect on this sentence.
First, it’s a reminder that we have to choose whether our approach to life will be primarily acquisitive or inquisitive; it can’t be both. (God and friends, help me to choose the latter.)
Second, I think Michel de Montaigne could also have written, though it would change the meaning of the sentence significantly, “He who has his mind on taking, no longer has it on what he has been given.”
Inquisitiveness and gratitude: these are pillars of a life characterized by wonder.