WISDOM: BRIGHT AND UNFADING

Where Earth and Sky Meet--and Where I Find Wisdom

Where Earth and Sky Meet–and Where I Find Wisdom

Wisdom 6:12-16
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

Wisdom is something we,
hopefully,
gain as we grow older–
or not…
My good friend,
songwriter and philosopher, Joe Izen,
wrote this a while ago:
“As we age,
it is important to keep our physical bodies
as supple and strong as possible
understanding
that lines will emerge,
hair will grey,
muscles will soften
and with a bit of luck,
wisdom,
the greatest gift of age,
will arrive.”
It is true,
but we need to desire
and seek out
this mistress of our hearts and souls.
Wisdom is written of as if it were a lover,
and is sought after
as if seeking the love of one’s life.
But I suspect
that having wisdom in one’s life means
that those tho have attained it
have laid aside the
pomposity and false pride
to which most of us cling;
that they have placed
a higher value
on truth and honest
and reflective thinking
than many of us are willing to do;
and that those
who have received some modicum of wisdom
have moved beyond
lives that are defined
and motivated
by fear,
and have learned the hard lesson
that they are,
and have always been,
sufficient
to the need of the moment.
I believe
that when we attain that bright
and unfading wisdom,
we will find ourselves
moving into the rarified air
known by mystics and lovers—
you know,
that place where purpose
moves us outside
of the smallness
that is our existence
and into a place where
we are filled to overflowing
with love for the other…

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