I wish I could perform a Vulcan mind-meld with each of my senior managers. While each brings unique strengths, the one thing I could share with them is experience. I wish I could adequately describe the various human relationships experiences from my journey that might help each in the unique walk they have today. Given that I cannot, the alternative lies in striking the balance between meddling, having lots of conversations, and sharing a warning or two. I think it help to have two young adults as daughters. It is the same process played out with even higher stakes. As much as I fear for their future, I also am buried in hope. Everything and anything is possible!
There is a simple responsibility that comes to each who intends to share their wisdom and advice; never be blind to learning, growing, and incorporating the wisdom of others. Advice is a two-way process. Even in my graying years, there is much I can learn. Even in the little wisdom I do have, I can gain greater insights. Even in my knowledge, I hold moments of discovery. Am I willing to accept the lessons and warnings from the journey of others? Am I willing to listen, really listen, to the gifts of wisdom? Am I willing to learn as easily as I share?
I cannot anticipate tomorrow. I do know about today. I find myself holding tight to reflection. I find myself welcoming conversation. I hear God speak about areas of gray and I hear the warning; “Out of here! Out of here! Leave this place! Don't look back. Don't contaminate yourselves with plunder. Just leave, but leave clean. Purify yourselves in the process of worship, carrying the holy vessels of God.” (Isaiah 52.11) I realize how much potential comes with today’s dawn.
We can be much more than we are. We are God’s kids and everything is possible! God’s wisdom is here if we listen. The wisdom’s of God family is ours if we engage in relationship. Today’s warning is also an invitation I accept with thanks.
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