186) Wisdom from “The Office”


     Last Spring marked the end of the ninth and final season of the popular television series The Office.  The Office was well written and funny, always off the wall and entertaining, sometimes way too crude and vulgar, often heartwarming, and had occasional bits of wisdom.  Andy’s last words in the closing minutes of the last program was an example of the wisdom.  In a previous program he had quit his office job at the Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company, and in the series finale the old gang is together again for a wedding.  Sitting in his old office, Andy reflects on the reunion with old friends and his life since he left them:

     I spent so much of my time here at Dunder-Mifflin thinking about all my old college pals at Cornell.  The thing is, now I am exactly where I want to be– I’ve got my dream job back at Cornell– and I’m still just thinking about my old pals.  Only now I am thinking about the ones I made here, at Dunder-Mifflin.  I wish there was a way to know you were in ‘the good old days’ before you’ve actually left them.

     There is, of course, a way to do that, and that is to remember that each and every day, past, present, and future, is a gift of God, and to live in gratitude for each day as it comes, thankful for the blessings in it.


Psalm 118:24  —  This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Ecclesiastes 7:10  —  Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”  For it is not wise to ask such questions.

Psalm 95:6-7  —  O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!  For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.  O that today you would hearken to his voice!


Give us this day our daily bread.  –Jesus, Matthew 6:11