These days, if we have a problem, we consult Oprah, or a self-help book, or a professional counsellor. We trust them to speak into our lives, mold us, change us. We follow the examples they set out before us.
While there’s nothing wrong with this, I wonder what happened to the days when we consulted the wise people in our own communities, those whom we know personally and whose lives we see up close as examples to follow. Are there no wise people left in the circles in which we walk, or do we simply not know each other as well as we used to in days gone by?
There is, of course, a greater privacy and anonymity in seeking counsel on tv, in a book, or from someone we pay. This comes, however, at a price- the price of relationship. We get our need for a solution met, but have not used the opportunity to build further depth into an existing relationship.
And so, I challenge myself this year to seek out the wise men and women in my immediate circles, the up close examples I can learn from, and allow them to speak into my life louder than my tv set.
A Word of Wisdom
The longer the bus takes to get here the more time I have to just sit and re-run over and over how much I wish I could be smoother in speech, more genial in demeanor, kinder in thought and deed. I ponder my latest blunder and bite my bottom lip hard, hoping the pain will overpower the sting of the scene replay itself in my mind.
The street is empty, except a lone, staggering figure turning the corner toward me. He weaves on and off the sidewalk. I am so deeply immersed in my own head that I barely process his approach.
And then he is before me.
He stops. I look up, adrenaline kicking in. He has alcohol on his breath. He moves his head in close to mine, waves a finger in the air and pronounces slowly, “Just. Be. Yourself.”
He then straightens up, turns away, and continues down the street.
My heart rate regains its rhythm and I let out a long breath, letting go of my lip.
Words more perfect for the moment could not have been spoken by a less likely Wise Man.
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