As I sit at my computer I am thinking of the value of “good wisdom.” Many times in my life I have made choices that I thought were the best I could do at the time, and, from a certain perspective, they were right even though they turned out painful. I say they were right in that even though they experience was painful; I learned a tremendous amount from going through that particular process.
My question is however, “Do we have to go through the painful and difficult process to get to the wisdom?”
Sometimes I think the answer is yes and sometimes I think it is no.
Haven’t you ever noticed that sometimes we (and others) just HAVE to go through the process ourselves, experience it ourselves to truly know and gain the appreciation or knowledge that we seek? Nothing sticks in our mind and psyche better than going through the fire, surviving, and then taking it with us forward on our journey in life.
I think though, for me, at this stage of my life, I’d rather listen and honor verbal or written wisdom more than have to go through some of the “trials by fire” methods of achieving wisdom. In some ways that may seem a bit humorous but I feel that if we are truly open to the wisdom that may be offered at various stages and by various sources in our lives, then we may be able to bypass the suffering and move right into the state of applying the wisdom and receiving its benefits without enduring the suffering of having to live through it.
Well then, where does one go to get this wisdom?
That is the question, my friends.
This may sound a bit dumb or even naïve to some people but I have truly found this to be the truth.
I find wisdom when I am looking for wisdom.
If I am cultivating and searching out in my heart, my thoughts, my words, and my actions, wisdom absolutely FLOWS to me. It feels like little droplets of wisdom/rain are cascading down upon me from all sources. I find wisdom in watching the mailman deliver the mail. I see wisdom in the way my dog sits up on the couch and looks out our front window. I hear wisdom coming from me from the little manmade pond my wife and I put in when we moved into our house.
Wisdom is a mindset that if cultivated grows to a place where one can see, hear, and find its treasures in everything we experience.
I was having a conversation with a friend of mine the other day regarding the podcast series I am starting called WARRIOR WISDOM. (You’ll be able to hear it when I’m done at http://rayfaulkenberry.com) Because we were talking about the beauty of martial arts philosophy that is not the combat application, I find myself drifting into that magical realm of the ancient Samurai warriors who lived and breathed a depth of honor, integrity, love, compassion, and wisdom. Having spent most of my life studying martial arts, this “energy” is something I love to move in and through each day. When allowing myself to experience this energy, wisdom and insights pour fourth.
I’ve known this in my life for the last 20 plus years and I’ve never been without the aspects of this FORCE in my life.
I’ve also had the pleasure of working with some amazing souls whom I deeply respected and admired for their depth of wisdom and compassion and willingness to share it with the rest of the world. Interestingly enough however, those souls did not come into my life UNTIL I was ready and willing to ask/search for the wisdom. I went LOOKING for it.
How many of us for whatever reasons don’t go looking for wisdom from other people/sources?
I’m too busy.
My work is to demanding.
I already go to church.
I’ve got some health issues.
When I slow down a bit or when I retire I can pursue wisdom.
I don’t know where to go to find what I’m looking for.
There are plenty of reasons to NOT cultivate wisdom.
Let me say that more clearly: There are plenty of EXCUSES to not cultivate wisdom.
I have never heard a good reason (in my mind).
I would ask you to consider looking into your own personal world and see if you can find a reliable source that you resonate with and begin tapping into the wisdom that is being offered. Commit yourself to study and contemplate the words that come forth and see if you don’t experience some incredible insights and gifts that will be immediately noticed by yourself and others in your life.
But remember: You must be open to see wisdom coming. Don’t think it has to come from a little person sitting in meditation or from a famous yogi or minister or politician.
Wisdom is everywhere you’re looking.
It’s funny in that my students in martial arts and their parents will often comment about my wisdom. I find it funny in that wisdom, for me, easily comes from the joy in my heart and the love I feel for this life and all that it entails. It is easy to love life when you stop and recognize the gifts that pour forth everyday. I’m described as happy, optimistic, and compassionate.
Sometimes I am not that.
Sometimes you are not that.
Maybe wisdom starts with that simple realization and to know that wisdom resides within in but that we sometimes don’t see or look for it…And that’s okay.
Wisdom for me is several concepts woven together: Compassion, authenticity, egolessness, honesty, and service.
I know that when I am feeling these concepts or traits, I am at my best.
When are you at your best and why?
It is a question worth studying.
If you’re having trouble finding the answer, seek out the wisdom of someone else.
As always, I look forward to your thoughts about this topic.
Love and blessings to you always,