In the legends of Greek mythology, Sisyphus, king of Corinth, was both wise and cunning. His deceitful and glory-seeking ways ultimately led him into ill favor with the gods, who sentenced him for his treachery to roll a huge boulder up a steep hill. However, before reaching the top, the stone would always slip and roll back down to the bottom, forcing poor Sisyphus to commence his eternal labor anew.
I reflected on this old story recently when I read a quote from author Stephen Lawhead that stated, "For men seldom heed the humble things that surround them; and what they do not heed they do not try to hinder." It reminded me of a truth that when we live our life for public consumption, fully of sound and fury, expecting and demanding attention and acclaim, we have doomed ourselves to the harsh, choking, cloying scrutiny of men. Yet when we move on humble paths, quiet and about our business, we escape the notice of others and accomplish so much more.