Monday, January 19, 2009

Have you been "resting on your laurels?"

A laurel wreath is a circular wreath made of interlocking branches and leaves of the Bay Laurel, an aromatic broadleaf evergreen. In Greek mythology, Apollo is represented wearing a laurel wreath on his head. In ancient Greece wreaths were awarded to victors, both in athletic competitions, including the ancient Olympics, and in poetic meets; in Rome they were symbols of martial victory, crowning a successful commander during his triumph. Whereas ancient laurel wreaths are most often depicted as a horseshoe shape, modern versions are usually complete rings. In common modern idiomatic usage it refers to a victory.

The expression "resting on one's laurels" refers to someone relying on their past success to cover up their current inadequacies. Or to be so satisfied with your own achievements that you make no effort to improve.


Sharon said...

interesting - thanks for the enlightenment!

Bruce and Amanda Baird said...

Wow! Thanks for the challenge and great sermon illustration!

Mommysmart said...

Sharon, glad that you are least you can add this to your list of random facts.

Bruce, until I start speaking from the pulpit (which will be never) then take it and preach on!