As Christmas draws near in a day or two, now is the best time to reflect on the present year drawing to an end, and focus on a life agenda for the new year on the horizon.
Life is in the living and here on this very day is our golden opportunity to fully taste the rich abundance. So do not grasp or worry or boast or envy or waste your time trying to second-guess life. Simply live this now moment with all the love and energy and gratitude and awareness you can give.
The value of life is not in any single possession or experience or feeling. The value of life is in the living. The wisdom you desire is not in some sudden, brilliant insight or revelation. The wisdom is in the living and the learning, in the triumphs and disappointments, in the pain and the love.
Wisdom is hard to pin down, but people generally recognize it when they encounter it. Psychologists pretty much agree it involves an integration of knowledge, experience, and deep understanding that incorporates tolerance for the uncertainties of life as well as its ups and downs.
There’s an awareness of how things play out over time, and it confers a sense of balance. Wise people generally share optimism that life’s problems can be solved and experience a certain amount of calm in facing difficult decisions. Intelligence—if only anyone could figure out exactly what it is—may be necessary for wisdom, but it definitely isn’t sufficient; an ability to see the big picture, a sense of proportion, and considerable introspection also contribute to its development.
Here are some wisdoms keys to ponder as the New Year rolls in:
- Never complain about what you permit.
- Any movement toward order will expose everything that does not belong in your life.
- Your respect for time is a prediction of your finances.
- The size of your enemy determines the size of your reward.
- Every environment requires a code of conduct to enter in it and to remain in it.
- The proof of your humility is result of your willingness to reach out to God.
- What you are willing to walk away from determines what God will bring you.
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