I tend to look at words on walls, books on shelves, notes on refrigerators. They are little clues to me of the interior decor of the residents, but only clues. Sometimes they are shiny bits of wisdom. Some are leaden lumps of truth about the air quality in the house.
My mother's favorite wall plaque said: "God could not be everywhere so that is why he created mothers."
The piece of wisdom that I probably use on a daily basis is "Righty tighty, Lefty loosey." I cringed that it now a stick with which to draw a line in the sand.
"Pick your fights" was a phrase that helped keep me out of fights that were not worth the energy. It also became an obstacle I threw in my own way when the battle was important and I was lacking courage.
I believe the Spirit uses every tool at her disposal to heal, to nudge, to pinch, to love us into and through the perils of this journey. Such wisdom should be harvested, milled for truth and offered as bread for one another. I am hungry for truth.
So what about you? I invite you to share (hit reply button on this email - the replies are seen only by me). I am doing a Wisdom Harvest. I would like to gather those pieces of wisdom you have picked up along the way. The phrases that you circle through often, wisdom that glistens as true, surfaces when you most need them. WHY? I want to embed in my artwork and my writing the wisdom that resonates. Could i google "wisdom phrases?" Sure. I would rather hear the ones that have flesh, blood and a little sweat attached. That's where I need you. You can include more than one. You can ask your family and friends.
Here are some of what people I know have told me so far:
- People will forget what you did, or what you said, exactly. But they will always remember how you made them feel.
- You are never too busy to stop and listen.
- Most of what is accomplished in this world is done by people who don't feel good.
- Just because you have the right to do something doesn't mean it is the right thing to do
- "Don't blink"
- If you meet one asshole a day, it's probably them. If you meet ten assholes a day, it's probably you.
- It is what it is.
- “You are confusing stubbornness with strength, my dear. And I warn you, the people will not like it”.
- it’s a great life if you don’t weaken!!!!
- just know where to put doors!!!!!
- Every little bit helps!
- When you hit rock bottom, there’s still up.
- Be still and know that I am God.
- Know who your circle of influence truly is
- The most important thing is for your kids to know you love them
- Sometimes "good enough" is enough. Perfection is not required.
- Failure is not fatal.
- Tell them you love them. You won't regret saying it too often; you will regret not saying it.
- People may not like a strong leader, but they will hate a weak one.
- That which is created in a relationship can be fixed in a relationship.
- It never hurts to be the first to say you’re sorry.
- It's all about love.
- What goes around, comes around.
- Robert Frost wrote in a poem “the only way out is through,” a reminder to embrace the suck and push on because avoidance will get you nowhere.