Posts tagged Wisdom
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. ~ Tao Te Ching
There are things in this world that once obtained, can never be taken away – knowledge, purpose, and love to name a few.
Knowledge like power is harnessed by a desire to grow, expand, to live beyond circumstances and situations, and once you get a taste of it, it is invigorating and empowering. Knowledge helps us not only on an intellectual plain, but also in our spiritual realm. The more self aware you become, the more you learn about the psyche of others, and the more verse you become on multiple topics, the quicker and better you are at adapting and adjusting to the many twists of life.
Knowledge is the sibling of purpose, because as you begin to learn, you begin to discover and it is on this journey that purpose is revealed and realized! Knowledge breeds passion and passion equates to purpose and purpose births love. Love is the byproduct of purpose as it stems from those things we are most passionate about.
Love is the result of pursuing purpose and can never be taken away. The misconception is that love fails or diminishes, but the truth of the matter is that love is an energy that shifts as we do. Love is not necessarily for the recipient but all about the giver as it is a manifestation of an inward impulse. It is spontaneous, unpredictable, consuming, liberating, and fulfilling and once given, it does the exact same for those that receive it! Love is the end result we all desire no matter the pursuit.
There are also things in this world that cannot be taken back once squandered – time and words.
Time is one commodity that cannot be bought or sold, you cannot get a return on it or recycle it, and once gone, you will never see again. Use the time you have to maximize the desires of your heart. Time wasted is an opportunity unfulfilled, but time used properly is a bottomless well of gratitude and thankfulness.
In the same breath (pun intended), choose your words carefully. Words can either build or destroy and it is a wise person who not only knows the difference, but also practices the principles. Our words are sharp double-edged swords that can cut, defend, free, or keep in bondage ourselves and others. A harsh word may be forgiven, but will surely not be forgotten. A kind word will not be forgotten, but will also break down walls and free people from captivity. It is a foolish man who uses words only to admonish, but it takes a wise man to let his words polish.
Hold tightly and guard those things that can never be taken away as they become roots of our tree that bear good fruit. And likewise, consciously remain aware of not forfeiting what can never be regained, as they too reflect who we are and will become and the fruit we shall bear.
There are times when you have to know when to regroup and/or walk away. It is one of the hardest decisions and no matter what the circumstances or situation, it is never easy to look at something you have invested blood, sweat, and tears in and imagine it may have run its course and now it is time to cut ties.
Despite how difficult it may seem, it takes a wise person who understands that emotional ties are not enough to continue down a path to nowhere or worse yet, a path of destruction. Continuing a journey that has no destiny is as damaging, if not more damaging, than a poor plan. A poor plan is bound to fail because the preparation was never there. But continuing when you no there is little to no chance of success is a waste of time, effort and resources, and prevents you from revamping, recollecting, and restarting. Why waste more time when that season has expired?
We all must possess a sense of serenity and clarity to know when to accept fate. It does not mean we have surrendered or given up, but it is a measure of maturity to realize that not everything can be salvaged or fixed. Somethings are meant to be a lesson to prepare us for the next season and the next phase of life and we have to be courageous enough to learn the lesson and let go those things that do not benefit the ultimate goals. There are many roads to destiny and just because one road ends and another has roadblocks, it does not mean the journey is over.
Be courageous enough to persevere through the storms, but wise enough to know when to take shelter. The thing about dreams are they show the grand finale, but very few times do they show all it takes to get there. Vision is the manifestation of the dream, a realistic, attainable goal. Your wisdom is what will determine if it remains simply a dream, something you fantasize about, or develops and builds into a vision, a culmination of proper planning and preparation, hard, dedicated work, and intelligent and practical choices.
The wise live to fight another day, but the foolish continue to follow a dead end to certain peril and doom. Give yourself permission to walk away from anything or anyone who does not factor in your growth or prosperity. It is better to cut a parasite out instead of letting it consume and destroy all! Be wise my friend!
In life there will be times when you lose; it is a necessary part of life. Loss is a barometer of growth, but loss does not constitute defeat. A defeated mentality only happens when one gives up hope and surrenders to their circumstances. Defeat is a quitter’s mindset.
No one wants to lose. It is common practice to look at any loss as some sort of failure, but contrary to popular belief, there is much to gain in every loss. When we lose, we discover how to become better, we learn our strengths and weaknesses, we re-evaluate our plans, and if we truly pay attention, we learn the lesson. To lose means there is room to grow, but to become defeated means we no longer wish to succeed.
Every loss is preparing you for the ultimate victory and each time you fall short, it does not mean give up. It means that there is still preparation needed. It also is saving grace from a greater setback that could have possibly discouraged you or caused you to lose faith. Do not quit on yourself or your dreams!
Losing is a hard pill to swallow and rarely feels good, but sometimes, it is the best medicine one can receive. The tools you develop and sharpen, the wisdom that is forged, and the courage developed in the midst of midst of depair are what will propel you to overcome no matter the obstacle and never be defeated. So next time things don’t work out and it seems you have lost, look at it as a step closer to achieving your heart’s desire.
“Failure defeats losers, but it inspires winners.”
Going into the holiday season, there are many things that can provide inspiration, but there is nothing that motivates more than listening to our elder statesman. A constant source of knowledge and wisdom, it is our elders who have blazed the trails we now travel. You want to find motivation, ask your grandparents what they had to endure so you could have the opportunities you take for granted. You want inspiration, ask someone twice your age how much they were able to accomplish with less than half the resources you have at your disposal. You want to truly learn what it means to have appreciation, ask anyone over sixty how much it means to see you chase your dreams when they were denied basic civil liberties.
Motivation is at your fingertips – a phone call or a visit away. This holiday season, I would like to thank all those that sacrificed so that I may be able to pursue my passion and have the chance to live out my purpose. As you are celebrating the holidays, take a moment to thank those that persevered and overcame so that we could live out our dreams. Then take up the mantle and make sure the torch stays lit for the next generation.
“If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.” ~ Joseph Addison
Today, I am most THANKFUL for the struggle. Through struggle I discovered that I am greater than imagined and the only limitations I have are those that I impose on myself. I am capable beyond measure and with obstacles, we gain experience and with experience, we build wisdom and wisdom translates into inner peace and greater understanding. For that I am most grateful and because of that, I hope to share my experiences and knowledge with as many as I can. Life is never promised to be without strife, turmoil, or rainy days. But it does promise to be adventurous, ever-changing, challenging and when seen properly, it can offer everything one desires and so much more. Today, I am thankful for the heartaches, downfalls, trials, and all things thought to be bad that have led to victory, growth, newfound awareness, and fortified my purpose in life!
What are you thankful for today and how has life’s challenges shaped you into the person you are now?