Wisdom

An ignorant man is always able to say yes or no immediately to any proposition. To a wise man, comparatively few things can be propounded which do not require a response with qualifications, with discriminations, with proportion- HORACE MANN, Thoughts

Thinking situations thru and acting accordingly can be a challenging task for me. I have to seek out the wisdom and experiences of men, like myself, who understand my alcoholism and how it plays a part in my everyday life. I had lunch with a friend today who is 85 years old and nearly half of his life on earth he has lived without drinking one day at a time. Full of wit, knowledge, and life experiences, he shared with me his  take on what it is that has shaped him. After all, we are all shaped, being shaped, or refusing to be shaped by what life throws at us. Sometimes, we swing for the fence and miss, and that’s ok, too. Knowledge can be transmitted……. wisdom,however, cannot. All I knew about wisdom growing up was what foolish people did. They built their house upon sand. Wisdom can be the dividing line in a home, job, relationship, or family. In the words of Twain, “I had rather keep my mouth closed and have people think I’m foolish, than open it and remove all doubt.” Knowing when to walk,stay, or run takes wisdom and discretion. For me, the real caveat is learning to be still, listen, and learn the life lessons that God is trying to teach me. They are there even when I’m not looking. Those tidbits of wisdom that reside in every heartbeat of my own pulse. If knowledge really is power then how come I couldn’t stay sober all those years?….because in my admission of powerlessness, I gained the serenity to accept things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. A simple man with a simple life who has complicated it too many times to count….good day!…b

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