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Wisdom In The Flame Of Life!

Today’s Quotation:

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

Today’s Meditation:

I am always amazed at just how many wise words that I read, only to go out and commit very unwise actions time and time again. My attempts to develop my own knowledge from the gathered knowledge of other people is only somewhat successful–sometimes I simply do something quite silly even after being exposed to possible actions that would have been much wiser.

And I do not say this to criticize myself, but simply to act as an observer of my own actions. I have come to find that Marcel is right–I do have to discover, or perhaps uncover, wisdom for myself. I do feel that the inspirations that I do help me to build a base from which I am able to recognize and accept my wisdom much more readily and quickly, but the bottom line is that I do uncover my wisdom in the process of my journey through the wilderness, in the trials that I face, and in the obstacles that I overcome.

I also find that as time goes on, I am much more in tune with Marcel’s last line–that my perspective of the world is a result, or a reflection of, the wisdom that has built up inside me. My wisdom helps me to refrain from judging, to see the beautiful even in what seems not to be beautiful, to feel the love and sincerity from sources that seem to have none. My wisdom allows me balance, equanimity, from which I am able to experience the world in richer and fuller ways.

We must not be discouraged if building our wisdom is a slower process than we feel it should be. I can build knowledge simply by reading, but my wisdom is deeper and it must be built more slowly and carefully through my own experiences.

Questions to consider:

In which ways do you tend to grow in wisdom?

Why is it tempting to feel that we can “receive” wisdom?

How would you describe the “point of view from which you regard the world”?

For further thought:

Wisdom is not to be obtained from textbooks, but must be coined out of human experience in the flame of life.

Have an inspired day!

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Quotes the day: Friday 14 December 2012

Today’s Quotation:

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which one is true.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Today’s Meditation:

The question of who we are to ourselves versus who we are to other people is an important one to consider. We have all known people who think themselves to be kind and considerate and well-loved, never suspecting that most other people cannot stand them or the things they do. We have all seen and met the people who quite hypocritically say that they are one thing and act like something else. It is not pleasant for us to witness this, and it does not lead to a pleasant life for people who act this way.
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Quote of the day: Thursday 13 December 2012

Today’s Quotation:

Happiness is inward and not outward; and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.

-Henry Van Dyke

Today’s Meditation:

This is a basic premise of happiness, a principle that we see repeated over and over again, and one that we most definitely should continue to remind ourselves of. Happiness is, indeed, an inside occurance. We cannot make ourselves truly happy with anything that we own or possess, but only through a deep and abiding knowledge and love of ourselves, our world, and our place in it. We can be happy only by making our thoughts happy, for our thoughts are what guide us through life and bring more of life to us.

During our time here on this planet, in each day that we live, we become something and someone new. That person we are inside determines what we do, what we give, and whom and how we help–that comes only from inside. Who we are inside determines our character, helps or hinders us from finding peace, pushes us forward or pulls us back, and keeps us on a sane and healthy road or leads us down unhealthy and destructive paths.

Our inside lives lead us to make decisions on every aspect of living, and those decisions lead inevitably to results with which we must live. None of our possessions can help us to make such decisions, and while our friends can give advice, the final decision always is our own. And it always will come from the person we have become, the person we have made ourselves into based on our previous decisions.

Develop your character and become the person you truly want to be, and you will find that happiness results as a by-product. Search for happiness by building your stock of possessions or by trying to find it in outside sources, and you will find that happiness simply is not there; you may get momentary satisfaction on the surface, but deep happiness will always evade you.

Questions to consider:

How does the momentary satisfaction of getting something nice make us think that it is “happiness”?

In what ways can we develop our happiness?

Why do so many people find happiness to be something that is difficult to achieve, when it is there inside us all the time?

For further thought:

Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.

Daphne DuMaurier

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Quote of the day: Monday 10 December 2012

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius

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Quote of the day: Sunday 9 December 2012

What is life without legacy?

Please impart before you depart this planet earth considering that the Limiting Factors Common to all plans are: Time, Money, & People.

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Quote of the day: Sunday 18 November 2012

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” – Karl Marx

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Quote of the day: Wednesday 14 November 2012

“Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.” – C. S. Lewis

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