WISDOM FOR ALL TIMES, WISDOM FOR OUR TIMES
This is a bimonthly newsletter promoting wisdom within our culture.
This newsletter is presented by Geoff Woods, Certified Life Coach and Founder of The Institute of Wisdom and Courage.
Hello everyone. This is my first newsletter, the sole purpose of which is to promote wisdom within our culture. I think the pursuit of wisdom used to be part of our culture, but unfortunately, that pursuit exists no longer. I also believe wisdom is desperately needed; I know I need wisdom in my life! Do you need wisdom in yours?
My desire is to promote wisdom through this newsletter by discussing the following: the nature of wisdom; obtaining, maintaining and maturing in wisdom; and the benefits of wisdom. I also want to discuss why the pursuit of wisdom is no longer popular within our culture today. Lastly, I want to share my personal journey in finding and applying wisdom in my life and experiencing its benefits.
LetŐs get down to business and first discuss the nature of wisdom. I am using the following excerpt from The Book of Wisdom, thought to be written by King Solomon about three thousand years ago. The author discusses topics that I think are relevant today. He discusses the nature of wisdom, its importance, and how one might find it. Please read this thoughtfully.
The Nature of Wisdom
There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted, distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen, irresistible, beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing all, and penetrating through all spirits that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle. For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things.
Book of Wisdom 7:22-24
This description of wisdom has existed for many centuries, and it had meaning and relevance during the authorŐs time. Since wisdom does not change, does it not have meaning and relevance for our time? What do you think?
The author describes wisdom with powerful, meaningful adjectives and phrases. These adjectives and phrases characterize his thoughts on the nature of wisdom. Which of these characteristics of wisdom resonate with you? Do you possess any of these in your life presently? Are there any of these that you do not have, but want? If so, why do you want them? Take a moment to write down your thoughts.
One characteristic of wisdom that resonates with me is to love that which is good. To be honest, loving the good is not easy for me. In my past, I have not always had the clarity of mind to differentiate between what is good and what is bad or destructive. I made some decisions in my past thinking and believing they would lead to goodness, but regrettably, they did not. However, I have experienced loving and pursuing that which is good, and this love and pursuit has brought me great happiness, joy, and peace.
Ways to Communicate With Me
The nature of wisdom is worth thinking about. It is deserving of our thoughts, and then of our actions. If you find yourself thinking about wisdom or being surprised by wisdom, write to me and let me know your thoughts and experiences.
You may e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit my web site at www.wisdomcourage.com.
Services Offered at The Institute of Wisdom and Courage
I offer one on one life coaching on gaining wisdom and courage.
I offer public speaking on reconciliation of broken relationships, especially with parents.
I conduct a workshop entitled Gaining Wisdom: The Healing Power of Life.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Founder of The Institute of Wisdom and Courage and Certified Life Coach
P. S. The next newsletter of WISDOM FOR ALL TIMES, WISDOM FOR OUR TIMES will be at the beginning of March, and I will continue the discussion on the nature of wisdom.