Others about wisdom:
The King and the Sculptor
One time a powerful and wealthy king wanted to learn sculpting, so he went to a sculptor of repute. "I am a great admirer of your work," he said, and several of his retinue murmured and nodded in agreement. "I wish to learn this great art". "Yes, I can teach you” said the artist. "Let me see some of your painting." "No, no, not painting," said the king. "Sculpture. I want to learn the art of sculpting." "Of course, of course. But painting is the preliminary training for the visual arts. Let me see some of your work." "Well, I have not painted at all." "Hmm, I see. Well, l can teach you that, I suppose. Let me see you dance." "Dance? What has dance got to do with it?" "Surely one who wished to portray the human form would have studied its graceful movement." "I do not dance." The sculptor was taken aback. "Very well, I will teach you some dance, also. Bring your instrument." The king began to falter. "Instrument? What instrument?" "Listen. I have indicated the importance of the study of painting and dance to sculpting. Surely you understand that the dance is done to music of instruments? How could you expect to dance without knowing something about instrumental music?" The king admitted that he didn't know the first thing about playing an instrument. . . "Well, no matter. I will teach you. Sing something." "I can't sing." "You can't sing? You come here expecting to learn the fine art of sculpting and you cannot sing? Doesn't the study of all art begin with singing? We have much work to do. Let's see. we shall start with the note Sa…"
I asked God...
I asked God to take away my habit.
God said: "No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up."
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said: "No. His spirit is whole , his body is only temporary."
I asked God to grant me patience.
God said: "No. Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is learned."
I asked God to give me happiness.
God said: "No. I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you."
I asked God to spare me pain.
God said: "No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me."
I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said: "No. You must grow on your own! But I will prune you to make you fruitful."
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said: "No. I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things."
I ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.
God said: "...Ahhhh, finally you have the idea".
Controlling your temper...
There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. First day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence...
Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.
He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are a very rare jewel indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us."
Wisdom shines bright and never fades
Wisdom shines bright and never fades; she is easily discerned by those who love her, and by those who seek her she is found. She is quick to make herself known to those who desire knowledge of her; the man who rises early in search of her will not grow weary in the quest, for he will find her seated at his door. To set all one’s thoughts on her is prudence in its perfect shape, and to lie wakeful in her cause is the short way to peace of mind. For she herself ranges in search of those who are worthy of her; on their daily path she appears to them with kindly intent, and in their purposes meets them halfway. The true beginning of wisdom is the desire to learn, and a concern for learning means love towards her; the love of her means the keeping of her laws; to keep her laws is a warrant of immortality; and immortality brings a man nearer to God. Thus the desire of wisdom leads to kingly stature.
The Wisdom of Solomon chapter 6
Greek text from Alexandria, Egypt, 2nd century BCE
...rising every time we fail.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. "What food might this contain?" He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. "There is a mousetrap in the house!There is a mousetrap in the house!" The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it." The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house." The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers." The mouse turned to the cow. She said "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose." So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer'mousetrap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house -- like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient. But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer's wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, -- remember -- when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.
We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.Each Of Us Is A Vital Thread In Another Person's Tapestry;
Our Lives Are Woven Together For A Reason.
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