Sorry for being a day off last week. I guess I can’t read a calendar.
I remember as a child that I hated that my sister wanted to be just like me. She wanted to wear the same clothes and do the same things I did. It drove me bonkers. Now being somewhat older I see the wisdom of following someone’s footsteps. There is a lot that we can learn from others. The trouble is not seeing the bad habits or things that we shouldn’t copy. Be mindful if you are mentoring or guiding some young mind (young at any age). Try to be mindful of your own actions because someone might be learning from you and you aren’t even aware of it. Teach and be taught always and forever.
My heart just breaks for London this week. I feel for those people who must feel lost. I wish I could have talked with the attacker before the incident and understood what really drives them. You have to have such strong beliefs to take other peoples lives away. I hope through this all we learn how to understand. Really that is what the world needs right now. Understanding. Not blind acceptance or prejudges. Just an open heart and a willingness to learn. Send these poor misguided people love. Send the whole world love and wisdom!
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
A few days ago, I was watching a show on the current Dalai Lama. It was a fantastic show about what he thought was missing and important in today’s world. He told the interviewer that the most important thing missing is proper teaching. The Dalai Lama stated there are classes for Science, Arithmetic, and even Geography but there are no classes for understanding your own emotions and spiritual health. Regardless of what you believe, if our children were taught more about how to respond to emotions such as anger or love they might be able to manage them better. If our children were taught what healthy emotions are perhaps we would have less suicides and domestic violent offenses. A class that delves into spiritual side of a person would help our young ones learn where they fit into the world.
The biggest question that comes from wanting these lessons is, Who teaches them? Should it be on our schools to teach our young learners about more then just how to take a test? Should it be on the parents to teach their offspring how to deal with the hormonal feelings they are having? These are such a serious subjects that no one is paying attention to. Could you imagine a world where everyone was emotionally and spiritually healthy? I believe it could really bring peace to the world.
How could you make the world better?
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7
This kind of goes along with my last post. How fear and knowledge work hand in hand. It is important to note in this short verse how much information is included. Wisdom and discipline is the key to knowledge. You have to train yourself to take the time to seek out information. When seeking out something that is so much greater then you are (this could be God or anything) that a healthy bit of fear is ok. In fact, it is expected. I am sure that when a architect is faced with a huge project or new design there is some fear involved. The key is wisdom and discipline. Wisdom to know what you are doing and the discipline to continue on your way. This leads to greatness.
It can be used in everyday life. For example, I am in the search of a new vehicle. I know what I want and the price I can pay. I have spent time looking at models and reviews. I have spent time looking the price ranges all over the states. I also am a little fearful of spending so much money. It is always a risk, buying any vehicle but it is a calculated one. I feel that overall the investment will be worth while.
What are your thoughts?
I am scared, or rather I could be scared. I am going to a foreign country, by myself, with no other contact then the tour group I am using. I will be gone about two weeks traveling in a country who’s personal believes are far different from my own. I have every right to be scared.
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” –Frank Herbert: Dune
It really hit me a couple of days ago what I was going to do. This trip is a huge undertaking. However, instead of panicking I reminded myself all the hours of research that has gone into this trip. Hours researching the tour group, the culture, the language, food, etc. I have probably spent more time researching then I will be on my trip. That is OKAY! In fact, that is perfect. By giving myself all the information I can find, I will be able to enjoy the trip. Now thinking of this trip I feel only excitement and the normal anxiety that comes with traveling.
I feel that more people should put the time and effort into learning about their goals and adventures. Perhaps if we had more information at our disposal we would make better judgment calls. It also helps to have an open mind too and a willingness to experience the world around you.
So as I board my plane to fly to Morocco keep in mind that I probably wont be able to post a whole bunch or respond to comments. However, I will post pictures asap. Send me happy thoughts and prayers as I embark on this most excellent adventure.
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. -Sandra Carey
One of my fellow bloggers posted this meme about wisdom and learning. Wisdom and learning has to be consciously focused upon. The lessons we learn should be thought upon and dissected for deeper understanding. Without taking the time to study what you learn there is no retaining of it. You might learn one facet of the lesson but by study one can truly understand the whole knowledge. This is not an easy task. We have such busy lives and are often so distracted that we don’t even know when great wisdom has been given to us.
We also should seek out wisdom and knowledge. There are many times watching others I have learned a great many things. Do not dismiss plants and animals. They live off instinctual wisdom. They are able to teach us many things. Children, too, are a great source of knowledge for they are innocent and truthful. So much can be gained by watching those around us. If you are not finding new truths in your life then it is time to seek it out or ask for more. Regardless, of the depth of your wisdom take care to stay humble and grateful for the gifts given to you.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galations 5:22-23
I have always noticed that I easily and naturally fall into the hospitality role. Regardless if I am hosting or just taking care of friends I excel behind the scenes. I believe we are given certain talents; these actions that come easily. Many people squander or ignore divinely given traits. I imagine this could lead to discontentment in our lives. If we feel there is something missing or that we feel lost perhaps it is because we are not using our Fruit of the Spirit to the fullest. I can tell you longsuffering or temperance isn’t an easy trait to be endowed with but it is something that can make our lives complete.
If you ever wonder where you should be in life, search your heart and see what talent you are strongest. Use these talents to their fullest extent. Regardless of your beliefs you will grow as a person and perhaps find your place in the world. If you are weak in one area attempt to develop it so that you can live a more rounded, fuller life.