Beyond the Trees

Wisdom from the past: Proverbs 18:2

From time to time I pull out a quote from history and use it to address a current issue. Today we are looking to our Christian friends for wisdom out of the book of proverbs.

The Selfishness of the Unfriendly
-He who isolates himself pursues selfish desires; he rebels against all sound judgment.-

What can we glean from this? As we travel further and further into an increased technological world, in the midst of a pandemic, some of us with anxiety, isolation is a distinct possibility for many. When we become isolated we begin to think singularly more so then normal. It is a natural state to think of your wellbeing, to think about yourself first. Choosing to isolate yourself leads to the pursuit of thought that focuses exclusively on self.

We decrease our empathy of others when we isolate. We change our thought patterns and judgements to reflect what we need, rather than attempt to understand why others don’t feel the same way we do. It’s okay to think of yourself first, it’s okay to assume your feelings and opinions are correct. The trap we need to avoid as we isolate more and more is to place judgements on others who do not feel as we do.

Regardless of what faith you are, isolation isn’t the answer.

Just because someone feel differently then you or has a different opinion does mean they are a bad person. It doesn’t mean you can’t get along with them, live together in peace. Don’t isolate yourself unnecessarily, and don’t cast judgements on others from your isolation. Do your best to engage with the abilities and skills you have.

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Beyond the Trees

Wisdom from the past: Proverbs 18:2

From time to time I pull out a quote from history and use it to address a current issue. Today we are looking to our Christian friends for wisdom out of the book of proverbs.

The Selfishness of the Unfriendly
-He who isolates himself pursues selfish desires; he rebels against all sound judgment.-

What can we glean from this? As we travel further and further into an increased technological world, in the midst of a pandemic, some of us with anxiety, isolation is a distinct possibility for many. When we become isolated we begin to think singularly more so then normal. It is a natural state to think of your wellbeing, to think about yourself first. Choosing to isolate yourself leads to the pursuit of thought that focuses exclusively on self.

We decrease our empathy of others when we isolate. We change our thought patterns and judgements to reflect what we need, rather than attempt to understand why others don’t feel the same way we do. It’s okay to think of yourself first, it’s okay to assume your feelings and opinions are correct. The trap we need to avoid as we isolate more and more is to place judgements on others who do not feel as we do.

Regardless of what faith you are, isolation isn’t the answer.

Just because someone feel differently then you or has a different opinion does mean they are a bad person. It doesn’t mean you can’t get along with them, live together in peace. Don’t isolate yourself unnecessarily, and don’t cast judgements on others from your isolation. Do your best to engage with the abilities and skills you have.

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Beyond the Trees

Ancient Wisdom – Proverbs 21:5

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”

There are so many pearls of wisdom in the ancient texts. One of the most talked about ancient works is the Christian Bible. This isn’t a religion thread, I don’t personally care what faith you peruse etc. That said what can we glean from this ancient wisdom?

When you plan, are disciplined and diligent in the plans execution you will profit, when you rush things it leads to failure (or poverty). In the large events of your life,  if you can  set aside some time to plan the likelihood of success is greater.

The book of proverbs was essentially the accumulation of wisdom from the Hebrew world. Many of the sayings were attributed to Solomon. We really can’t know for certain who said what when, none of us were there. That said, this very simple proverb is common sense for many. For those of us with anxiety not so much.

There is one critical tool I use to evoke this proverb, and no I am not a Christian. I have a personal note book. I’ve had many of them in my life, the latest one I got for $1.99 at Walmart. I take notes, I write out lists of things I have to do, I plan, via the notes for large events in my life. Including:

  • Travel
  • Work
  • Birthdays
  • Things I need to do
  • Financial planning

There is more, but the point here is many of the tools we can use to improve our lives while living with anxiety have existed for thousands of years. There are pearls of wisdom spread out in many ancient texts. Sometimes its nice to go back to the classics to help up with the present.

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