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.
As an introduction to my third newsletter, I must say I enjoyed reading your responses to my previous newsletter, so much so, that I want to share one of the responses with you. Michael Yudt, Director of Donor Relations for the National Fatherhood Initiative, wrote, ŌWisdom and the four corresponding attributes are indeed attractive as they speak of an inner beauty that comes from God and that the world cannot take away.Ķ What I believe to be profound about this statement is once a person possesses wisdom, then there is no power in this world that can take it away; so, wisdom stays with a person until death. This is a very dynamic aspect of wisdom that I hadnÕt thought of before. Thank you Michael!
In continuing our discussion about the nature of wisdom, IÕm including the two previously cited paragraphs below once again, not to fill space on the page, but to remind ourselves of the broader context in which to think about SolomonÕs wisdom, its importance, and how one might discover and utilize it.
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.
For she is a breath of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her. For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness. Although she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets; for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom. She is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars. Compared with the light she is found to be superior, for it is succeeded by the night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail.
Book of Wisdom 7:22-30
In the last newsletter, I asked my readers to ponder the following four characteristics of wisdom: intelligent, holy, unique, and manifold. Now letÕs take a closer look at the second group of four characteristics of wisdom found in this passage. King Solomon continues to describe wisdom as ŌÉ subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted,ÉĶ So again, the question weÕll ask ourselves is: what does it mean to be subtle, mobile, clear, and unpolluted. LetÕs look at some words and concepts that describe these four characteristics.
The word subtle has several meanings such as skillful, clever, and ingenious. It also relates to the concept of discernment. The process of exercising discernment isnÕt always easy, and often times something which is subtle is nuanced with other important ideas, concepts, or principles. For example, one principle may be layered with other ideas or principles, so to understantd it, it may be important to understand these principles in relation to each other.
The word mobile conveys the capability of moving or being moved readily. My thought is if wisdom is the source of our movement from that which is common or profane to that which is holy, then it acts as a guide for those of us who want it; it takes people on an intelligent, holy, and unique journey.
The word clear signifies freedom from darkness, obscurity, confusion, uncertainty or doubt. Freedom from these five characteristics leads to serenity, calmness, and being untroubled. It is wisdom principles that provide clarity on how to deal with the hardships and grey areas of life.
The word unpolluted means to be uncontaminated by the hardships of life. Life is difficult and it is easy as human beings to become negatively tainted by tough circumstances or the decisions made in relation to those circumstances. Wise principles move us from becoming dominated by fear, anger, hate, loneliness, and isolation into becoming led by what is true, good, and honest. As we seek and apply wisdom, we will have the ability to clearly see our movement from being polluted to being unpolluted.
I want to return now to Michael YudtÕs idea that wisdom and its attributes are attractive and represent an inner beauty that canÕt be taken away by the world. If this is so, what is attractive about wisdom principles that are subtle, mobile, clear, and unpolluted? Do you know of wisdom principles that contain one or more of these characteristics? Have you applied any of these to your life? Please take the time to think and respond to these questions. I look forward to reading your thoughts once again.
In the spirit of continuing an in depth discussion on the characteristics of wisdom, the July newsletter will be devoted to discussing the following four characteristics of wisdom: distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, and keen.
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Founder of The Institute of Wisdom and Courage and Certified Life Coach