Wisdom is to intelligence as aging is to wine. It enriches, hones and perfects the intelligent mind and the eager heart. Smart without wisdom is rather like a fine horse never broken. All potential but little or no production.
Wisdom is the art and science of what to do, when to do it and the converse. It is often more important to know when to keep one’s own counsel, when to remain still and let things play out. A wise person does not care what others think of him. Wisdom is secure in the knowledge that it has the goods, that it can handle the situation and that what others think of him or her is really none of his business.
Where are the wise men in the 21st Century? The commodity of true wisdom is becoming more and more rare. In order to acquire wisdom one must be still and listen, do an inner inventory of one’s self and be willing to not like what one sees.
In our age of social media and the fire hose of information poured into our homes and minds with 24 hour news and commentary there is less and less quiet time in our lives. Sometimes we just need to be still and think.
Be still and know that I am God……Psalm121
Good advice in 1500 BC and still relevant today. The chattering mind never acquires wisdom for it is on transmit 24/7. You must LISTEN to learn and be still to be wise.
Are you willing to devote 40 minutes a day to the silence and just listen? Are you willing to suffer a slight or insult and just let it pass? Can you be still and not react at the first sign of a crisis or problem? Can you see the higher good and then act upon it instinctively?
If you can do this you are on the path to wisdom. It takes time, thought, quiet contemplation and the ability to love, to forgive, to be magnanimous, to live the High Watch and to see the face of God in every one you meet.
Until we are together again… May the Indwelling God and the Most High God (one and the same) bless and keep you warm, well and prosperous.
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida