“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson …
How often do we stop to take notice of the common in the world around us? The sunlight’s effect on a flower, gas and cars that carry us hundreds of miles in a few hours, a baby’s first cry, the light illuminating the very text you are reading–do you feel you are missing out by not seeing all the little miracles that happen daily right in front of you?
Wisdom adds so much more to our lives and to the lives around us. It makes our lives better, helping us to more greatly enjoy our experience of life and increasing our ability to affect the lives of others and the world around us in a more positive way. It offers a deep understanding of the miraculous in life. And one of the greatest elements of wisdom is its ability to diminish our ability to take life for granted–once we begin to believe that every single thing in life is of value and has a purpose, we can never see them without the love and appreciation that they are due. That is because wisdom teaches us that no matter how ordinary things may seem, they have an unexplainably profound importance and significance, and that we grow poorer when we are no longer able to see that.
If there is a tree in our yard, most of us stop seeing it after a while. Perhaps we notice it in the spring when it goes into bloom, or in the fall when the leaves begin to change colors. But how many other days of the year is it completely forgotten? Yet that tree is a living thing; year after year, it has been growing, supporting life, producing oxygen, and providing shelter and shade. It may be common and ordinary, but it is also miraculous.
Wisdom provides such a beautiful glimpse into the world around us–the people, the places, the things. It creates a view that allows us to recognize the miraculous in the ordinary, to receive all the blessings that surround us, and to experience life more fully. But we must to be open to it, to see it. Consider what is currently on your mind today. Do these thoughts and concerns look at the richness of life around you? Will they fulfill you, or impoverish you?
Look for the miraculous in the common and the ordinary of life.
Questions to consider:
What are some common things that you see as miraculous?
What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?
What are some ways you can help yourself to grow in wisdom?
For further thought:
“Only the wise person draws from life, and from every stage of it, its true savour, because only he or she feels the beauty, the dignity, and the value of life. The flowers of youth may fade, but the summer, the autumn, and even the winter of human existence, have their majestic grandeur, which the wise person recognizes and glorifies.” ~ Henri Frederic Amiel