When you visit another person's house, what do you notice? What captures your attention? The furniture, the floorplan, the dust bunnies in the corners? What snapshot do you take with your mind's eye and take home with you?
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: