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The bumpy path to wisdom

How life loves to make all things new. This is what life is doing right now as you read these words -- making all things new everywhere you can think of. In you. In me. In this world and in this universe.

If things look a bit confused and chaotic at the moment, which of course they do, it's because -- speaking in a very general way here -- we've tended to want to dictate exactly how the newness should appear and dig in our heels if it doesn't conform with our expectations and prejudices.

Just look at the gridlock in Washington, for instance.

Something quite remarkable and beautiful could happen in Washington any time that would be a huge blessing both to the United States and the rest of the world. But it will take wisdom to make it happen.

Which road are you on?

Concerning wisdom I read an interesting comment by advice columnist Marilyn vos Savant in Parade magazine. Said Marilyn, “After we leave school, we tend to head down one of two roads. 1. We close our minds to new or different information while becoming more and more sure of ourselves. Or, 2. We watch, listen, and learn as we get older. The second road has way more bumps and curves, but it's also the path to wisdom."

How is life being made new in you?

How is life being made new in you? Here are some new things happening in me as I continue in this adventure of living and aging in which we all share.

1. I am more and more thankful for the quality of humility and flexibility present in us all that makes it possible for me to correct and change when that is what I need to do.

2. Not without mistakes, not without pain, I am coming to a deeper awareness of my own truth. The spiritual being who I truly am. I'm realizing how simple, and ordinary in a way, yet constant, this reality is. I could never begin to understand it in a million years. But what I do know is that it doesn't go anywhere. It doesn't change. It doesn't move. It is what I am, and it is always here.

3. Anxiety is not such a burden. I don't mean that I don't experience anxiety anymore. I mean that the more I turn my attention and love to my own reality -- surely, one of the greatest opportunities and blessings of aging -- the more I realize I don't need to take outer events quite so seriously. And the more I realize that this reality is just not affected by anxiety in any way.

4. I'm realizing more and more deeply that who I am lacks nothing. Nothing is missing in my life. Happiness is not missing. Wealth is not missing. I do not need to look for these things any more because they are part of my nature, just waiting for me to express them and experience them – and be made new. They can't be destroyed by anything.

What’s new in your life? If you have any thoughts on this content I’d love to hear from you.

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Stan November 22, 2011 at 3:03 am

There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there. ~ Paulo Coelho
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Christopher Foster November 23, 2011 at 7:29 pm

What a great quote. Thanks for sharing it Stan. Best to you.

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Dr Kenneth Lim November 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Chris, I always find your thots prevoking & appreciate that. Recently along life’s road I have come across a few challenges & I always remember a phrase that keeps me on the right path…” situations do not happen to you, they happen for you to learn a lesson.” If we learn the lesson, then we are not destined to keep on bumping our heads, a shift in consciousness. It is not that Shit happens but Shift happens… Kenneth Lim.

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Christopher Foster November 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm

A true pleasure to hear from you Kenneth. It’s very still in this moment in my little office, still outside and still in my heart, and in this stillness I am so thankful for my longtime connection with you.

With a little knowledge of the challenges you’ve met and faced I want you to know JoAnn and I are with you and send you our love.

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Evan Griffith November 22, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Chris!

I swear from the bottom of my bottomless soul you are a gift! Ever since I stumbled upon your site a few months back I’ve felt it was a personal gift to me — though I realize in reading others’ comments, that it is a gift for many.

Thank you!

!!
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Christopher Foster November 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Hi Evan

Thank you so much. It’s amazing the power a few words can have. Thank you for your encouragement and your kind words, you’ve blessed me richly.

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noch November 23, 2011 at 12:21 am

i think thats very key, realizing that nothing is missing from our lives. with that thought, we do not “want” unnecessarily, and a lot of troubles accordingly vanish! poof!
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Christopher Foster November 23, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Noch, thank you. What you say is so true. “Wanting” is the very creator of pain, because it obscures the masterpiece we already are .

How are you? I hope that all goes very well for you. I’m with you on your journey to a new life and a new consciousness, a journey that surely many are on in this time of crisis and opportunity. Certainly including me. Blessings.

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KenWert@MeanttobeHappy November 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Great post, Christopher!

I’m thankful for humility too. It is so lacking in too many lives. Humility is that trait that allows people to say, “I’m not sure” and be open to change. The proud are fixed. They are done. They already know. The humble are open to the new, the different, and opposing perspectives.

Only when we can admit we may not be correct, or at least are open to new evidence that we aren’t, can real change begin to happen in our own lives. This is just as true for Washington as well!

Thanks for sharing these insights with us, Christopher.
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Christopher Foster November 23, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Thank you Ken. Thank you. Your words are beautiful. They point to integrity, or to put it another way, the true nature of our own character.

Have a wonderful thanksgiving. So happy to share this journey with you.

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Jimmy November 25, 2011 at 12:37 am

I have reached a major milestone in my life – getting married. It was exciting planning and experiencing the wedding. But somehow after the wedding, I do not feel a sense of renewal.

In fact its seems that old problems are showing up in greater intensity. My only comfort now is that all this is happening to increase our level of wisdom. I just like to remain calm and await calmer seas to come.
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Christopher Foster November 25, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I agree with you completely Jimmy. I’ve found the same thing happening in my own life. I find wonderful new experiences happening in various ways.

But even as I open my heart to new insights and experience new joy and new understanding for example — the intensity of uncomfortable feelings also increases. It’s a time to trust the core of integrity in us all, and to remain calm, as you say, and await calmer seas to come. Beautifully put. Thank you and bless you.Those calmer seas will come.

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Tess The Bold Life November 26, 2011 at 5:02 am

Christopher,
Correct and change…the key to any happy relationship. Too often I get stuck in who and what is right vs who and right is wrong. The ability to practice non-judgment comes with a little willingness. I want peace instead.

I also need to remember that what is going on externally in the world is a reflection of what is going on internally in mine. Nice post and Happy Thanksgiving my friend.
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Christopher Foster November 27, 2011 at 9:59 am

Thanks so much for your message Tess. Yes, non-judgment. Just shut the judgment down. It’s a task well worth a little persistence isn’t it, heck it’s worth a whole lot of persistence. When we take judgment off the table our relationship springs forth with new blooms just like flowers on a spring day.

Good to share this blogging journey with you.

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Sandra / Always Well Within November 27, 2011 at 12:56 am

Christopher,

I am so amazed by your confidence in your true nature. This is precisely where I wish to be and know I can be when I open to it in any moment.

What’s “new” for me is change, quite a bundle of it. Sometimes I just want to crawl under the covers. But I know what you say here is the secret to release anxiety and fear and this too is my process of discovery.
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Christopher Foster November 27, 2011 at 10:11 am

Hi Sandra, I appreciate so much you stopping by and sharing some of your experience. Change is sure on the move isn’t it. I think it calls for an equally intense response from us where we take time in the midst of our busyness, even if it’s just a few moments here and there, to be still.

Hey, can I give you a hug?

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