What is wisdom? Is it only found in religion? Is it a spiritual or a physical quality? Some wisdom that I have gained has come as an after effect of experiencing challenges in life. Some wisdom has come from knowledge I have acquired through education, which has prevented me from making foolish decisions and choices. Common sense and good judgement are qualities of wisdom. For me wisdom is knowledge gained through education and good and bad experiences in life and then drawing on that knowledge that is stored in my mind down through my heart and out into loving actions toward myself and others. I believe that just having knowledge stored in your head is not wisdom. Wisdom is knowledge applied into intelligent sound actions. Wisdom must be perused continuously throughout life’s journey as we can learn something new every day from everyone and every experience we encounter. Beverley Joy
PODCAST – The Door to Wisdom
Who are we?
Why we are here?
What are we meant to be doing?
Where will we be going?
The answers to these questions
Start the journey to peace and wisdom
These answers we learn from wise souls
Who know true peace and freedom.
Great men and women from history
And from our present day
Who have walked the walk and share their stories
To help others find their way.
As I knock on the door of wisdom
And these people open it wide
I ask what is on the other side
They challenge me to decide.
They hand me Holy Scriptures
And tell me to study it
I open it to the wisdom teachings
And pray for insight and guidance.
Excitement and curiosity flood my soul
As I step through the wisdom door
I open the book and absorb
My ignorance I can’t ignore.
This journey challenges
Everything I was taught to be ‘true’
And what I believe to be
The right way to live and think.
This journey humbles me
And is embarrassing
I must forgive myself, my parents
For raising me in ignorance.
Now that I can find the answers
There is no turning back
To stay ignorant, I cannot accept
Life may not give me a second chance.
Once the door of wisdom opens
If I don’t walk through it now
It will soon shut before me
Leaving me shut in my past.
Then I will never know my purpose
That awaits to embrace me
On the other side of the door
Of wisdom and true thought.
I will be tormented
For the rest of my life
Knowing the way to wisdom
Yet trapped in ignorance.
The only way to walk through the door
From the old room of ignorance
To the new world of wisdom
Is to commit to take that first step.
Every thought and every action
Is to be consciously checked
Against the proven map
Of the wise path of life.
This effort to achieve wisdom
Is awkward and uneasy
Its teachings are foreign to me
It feels like a stranger living in my skin.
But when wisdom becomes second nature
And it becomes my default behaviour
My mind will be set free
From ignorance and mediocrity.
As I leave this room of familiarity
Some people are watching me
I encourage them to follow me
Through wisdom’s narrow door.
For many years now I’ve been living
In wisdom’s wise room of plenty
Listening and studying
Contemplating and questioning.
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