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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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