September 5    

Today's quotation:

Wisdom is not book learning but, rather, a quality or state of knowing what is true or right coupled with the judgment to discern constructive action.  Wisdom is the insight and intuition contained in the proverbial still, small voice that only a quiet mind can hear and know.

Sue Patton Thoele

Today's Meditation:

When we live in a world in which simple information is considered to be the most important aspect of our lives, wisdom can be rather difficult to find, much less develop.  We face a constant battle against this need to know information, versus our desire to be truly wise, to be able to discern truth from untruth, valuable from useless, relevant from irrelevant.

If we want to develop wisdom, then we need to pull ourselves away from the constant onslaught of pieces of information masquerading as important.  In our world of today people want to quantify everything, count everything, "know" everything.  But the truly wise person recognizes that any information that's relevant and important today will be irrelevant and unimportant tomorrow when we start a new task.  Rather than allow ourselves to be inundated with a million pieces of disparate information, we need to find quiet time to process what we do know and come to terms with that voice inside that is our wisdom.

I can learn a lot from books.  I can learn names and dates and equations and vocabulary and rules.  But my wisdom comes from taking the time to process what goes into my mind, to allow it to settle and then to examine it to figure out if it truly makes sense in my life.  I read lots of material about the importance of focusing a lot of time and effort on my finances, for example, and while I know that they're important, I also know that on the day I die I'll look back with more satisfaction on the time I spent being with others and helping them than on the times I spent making and managing money.  Someone who works with finances and helps other people with theirs probably will see this dynamic in completely different ways, of course, but their wisdom isn't necessarily my wisdom.

Let's not be fooled by information masquerading as wisdom.  Let's make sure that we know what we know and how it applies to our lives and the lives of those we affect in any way.  When I gain my wisdom and do my best to expand and strengthen it, there really is no telling just how beneficial I can be to others because of what I've learned.

Questions to consider:

What's the difference to you between wisdom and knowledge?

How do you go about gaining wisdom?

Why do so many people not make an effort to become wise?

For further thought:

We do not receive wisdom-- we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world.

Marcel Proust

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