Wisdom

Henriette LorimierYou can choose a ready guide, from some Celestial voice…

Here are two sites which email me a Thought for the Day. The Wisdom Commons is by Valerie Tarico, a rationalist atheist formerly an Evangelical Christian who collects bite-size quotes from eclectic sources. Recent examples of “The Daily Wisbit“:

Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, “I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.

Jack Kornfield

Not only must the most privileged feel they are brothers and sisters of the most destitute, but the most destitute must feel as well that something within them makes them equal to the greatest sages and geniuses.

Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power.

Milan Kundera

One Spirit Interfaith offers daily inspiration, such as

Life has taught me that it knows better plans than we can imagine, so that I try to submerge my own desires … into a calm willingness to accept what comes, and to make the most of it, then wait again.

– Julia Seton, By A Thousand Fires

I know that a new and kinder day will come … And there is only one way of preparing the new age, by living it even now in our hearts.

Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted Life

Dalai Lama in ViennaI get a lot like that from facebook, along with the politics and jokes. Here is the Dalai Lama:

When you talk, you are only 

repeating 

what you already know; 

but when you listen, you may 

learn something new.

But I thought, when I try to articulate thought and explain it to others, I gain understanding; and when I listen, often I only hear what I already know. These wisdom-tidbits are not the meaning of life, but they can stimulate my thought for a moment, giving pleasure and even perhaps insight.

Also recommended: Mark Simpson‘s poem shares.

8 thoughts on “Wisdom

  1. I’m not a huge fan of Angelou, but there’s one thing she said that really means something to me: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    I try to remember that every morning, every afternoon, every evening. Sometimes I even abuse that notion intentionally- but still, I try to keep it at the forefront of my mind.

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  2. Thanks for the nod, and I usually find the Dalai Lama rather bizarre and pretend-sage. I agree with Pink about Maya Angelou’s quote. She was an amazing woman … and met her (yes!) and referring back to the above Dalai-ism we had such a nice (though short) conversation. She told me that there were things she could neither forget nor forgive, try as she might (laughter). I told her that I had never been able to do either successfully. She said, “Well, look where you are!” Then she was taken away. I’ve spent many years pondering that. Hmm.

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    • You are welcome. You are worth it.

      I dunno about HH the DL. I have never read anything by him beyond these wee quotes. These wee snippets can seem just wrong, but they often provoke me into some useful thought. Edward de Bono coined the word “po”, to mean a statement whose value was not whether it was true or false, but whether it got you thinking. I might check out Maya Angelou, though.

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      • Beware … she’s addictive. Once you get started reading her works (I know Why the Caged Bird Sings and all the others) you’re permanently changed. If I were to dare to make a recommendation, I would suggest starting with the conjoined essays that form the slim book, “Looking on Darkness.” It’s the single best examination of white power structures I’ve ever read. Period. Her comments about how black people are invisible in American fiction is scary-accurate! “A woman ran to catch the bus.” She’s clearly white. “A black woman ran …” “An Asian woman ran …” Etc.

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      • Yes, I mean Playing in the Dark by Toni Morrison. I think Looking on Darkness is one of the sections. I used to teach it to sophomores. Toni Morrison is more direct and more political, while Maya Angelou is softer but with a clever bite.

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