...MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD OR RUBIES!
Wisdom is a word I have loved for many years. When I say the word aloud, it comes out as a whisper, almost like a Spring breeze blowing the soft green blades of grass and new blossoms budding on the trees limbs in a meadow filled with dancing flowers. The word has a strength, not muscular in nature like a boulder; no, it is the strength of knowing and seeking. Wisdom’s strength comes from a place so deep within that no matter the outer conditions, it allows the receiver an eternal peace, and ability to wake-up, kick ass, and do it all over every morning come rain, snow, wind, or sun.
Over the next few days I will be exploring the word, wisdom, from different perspectives based on a variety of sources. First up, verses from the Book of Proverbs that lie within Chapters 3 and 4. Why start with the Bible? Well, for me the Book is a solid source of thought provoking knowledge; it has everything in it – war, love, peace, loss, joy, laughter (Christ sure had the greatest sense of humor), and the gift of forgiveness. Before I get to those thoughts, let us look at the definition of wisdom from Merriam-Webster,
Definition of wisdom
1a : ability to discern inner qualities and relationships : insight
b : good sense : judgment
c : generally accepted belief
challenges what has become accepted wisdom among many historians
d : accumulated philosophical or scientific learning : knowledge
2: a wise attitude, belief, or course of action
3: the teachings of the ancient wise men
Insight, judgment, knowledge, and teachings of ancient elders…hmmm, a good place to start, but why should be seek wisdom, and is it really worth our time and effort?
“Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold
those who hold her fast will be blessed.
I could write an entire book on these five verses; the fact that the author used the feminine to describe wisdom is stunning when you consider that the authors of the Bible were primarily men and women were not seen as the holders of knowledge, insight, or worthy to cast a judgment!
I actually found these verses as I was developing my mantra for 2018. I settled on verse 15, “She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can
compare with her.” as this year’s mantra. I wanted words that inspired me to acknowledge my worth, and at the same time reminded me that seeking knowledge was a priceless gift. But let us go beyond my own fascination with the verses and explore the message of the words.
Wisdom, itself, provides us with two invaluable gifts – wealth and balance.
Wealth, not measurable by coins of gold or jewels, but an understanding that allows for abundance at every level…way beyond the coin lies the knowledge that gold and silver are but a tiny concept of happiness and joy, that love is the priceless gift that wisdom opens our hearts to both giving and receiving.
Wisdom also gives the gift of balance. Read these words once more…”in her right hand she holds long life, and in her left, riches and honors.” She is balanced in her pursuit of living life fully. Life is not one or the other – working to provide financial security or staying contained in a good/poor relationship to provide emotional security; nope, it is about balancing both so that each one of us can truly experience a peaceful mind.
“She is the tree of life.” I love those words; wisdom is deeply rooted in the Earth, its trunk stands firm, its branches provide paths to climb, and its leaves sing melodies as we sway to life’s rhythms. Grab a branch, swing from one adventure to another, sit on a limb as you enjoy the peace of just being or as you clear your mind of turmoil, and sing with the leaves as you realize that you too are more precious than rubies.
Until tomorrow be well and climb a tree!