Wednesday’s Wisdom

CA-Wisdom ScrollWords of Wisdom – It’s something I’ve wanted to introduce to the blog for a long time now. Something I’ve intended to do but have held back on following through. Why? Because it just seems like an unrelated and somewhat random topic for a blog that’s mainly about quilting. Not that quilters aren’t wise, it’s just not what you expect to read when you visit a quilter’s blog. But, there’s a reason why I’ve wanted to share some things with you, and I’ll try to explain without going into great detail.

Wisdom…it’s something that I’ve always sought after and tried to apply to problems, but fear I have not always managed to do so. The concept of obtaining wisdom seems easy enough, but the actual obtaining thereof, not so easy. That’s probably why this verse has always intrigued me, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (Prov. 4:7)

The past six years have been a struggle for me. A constant struggle with very few breaks for taking a breather and regrouping. Just when I’d think that I was about to get a handle on my world another bit of it would break off and come crashing down around my ears. While I’m thankful my struggle hasn’t been health related, well, not seriously anyhow, I’ve had to acknowledge that it’s been just as insidious as some of the worse ailments known to mankind. Mine has been a struggle with my mind and emotions. There are no pills that can cure this type of ailment, only mask it. Because of that you can bank on the fact that I’ve taken no medication but have consumed enough hot tea over the past six years to float a battleship. Needless to say I’ve also had to include the consumption of cookies and a lot of sugar/honey to go along with the tea. You see, tea and cookies go hand in hand in my world. Of course, that’s created another problem, but I’m working on that one too.

I can’t honestly say that I’ve overcome anything or that my struggle has finally ended. Since I don’t currently see a light at the end of this tunnel, I’m not sure it ever will end completely. In the absence of a happy ending, I’ve had to find coping mechanisms to get through each day. I’ve had to cling to my faith, which at times I must admit became very weak to the point of almost no longer existing. Thankfully, I have been blessed with support from my husband and a handful of faithful friends who were always there to encourage me and to help keep me going. Along with certain Bible scriptures, I found that reading quotes or statements made throughout the centuries by others, who have no doubt endured struggles of their own, helped as well. It is this that I wish to share with you, maybe two or three on future Wednesdays, in hopes that they will help you too or maybe someone you know who is going through their own struggles and needs some meaningful words on which to focus. I found that memorizing anything during this time was out of the question, so writing down these bits of wisdom on 3×5 cards and taping them to my steering wheel, bathroom mirror, on my computer screen, or sewing machine, etc. worked best.

When my trials began, I felt like I’d wasted 19 years of my life (now 25). I ran across this: Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Hopefully not.)

After being told I worry too much about fairness: The happiest people don’t worry too much about whether life is fair or not, they just get on with it. ~Andrew Matthews (Getting on with it has been easier said than done for me.)

When I was told I was chasing shadows: Be kind to your shadow. ~Rebecca Lawless (I’m afraid I’ve been quite ruthless on my shadow.)

When I was told to move on: There is great power in letting go, and there is great freedom in moving on. ~Author Unknown (Boy, do I need the power to move on!)

Because I’ve been told I dwell on the unchangeable past too much. One neglect makes ten regrets. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897 (Guilty…I’ve beat myself black and blue with, “I should have…”)

OK, maybe these aren’t what you’d consider “words of wisdom.” Maybe we should instead label them “words of encouragement to get us through times of discouragement.” Words that will make us stop and think in a bit more positive way than what we may have been thinking beforehand. Regardless of what you call them, this is my attempt to share something that has helped me in hopes that it will also help you, or someone you know and care about.

As I said at the beginning, every week when Wednesday rolled around I’d think, “OK, this is the week I post some words of wisdom on my blog. Surely I can’t be the only one in this great big world of ours who has struggles that seem never ending.” I know for a fact that I am not. I also acknowledge that mine are trivial compared to those of others. We all have struggles of one degree or another. They’re just different for each of us while at the same time being somewhat similar. Their difference is in their makeup, their similarity is in the pain that they all too often cause. Sometimes though, words fail us when we try to share our struggles with others who care or may be able to help. When that happens, the best thing, actually I’d say the only thing, to do is take it to the Lord in prayer. After all, as I’ve been reminded over and over again, He’s in charge of everything anyhow. There’s none better to have working behind the scenes for us than the One who already knows the outcome.

Because I’ve been told to look more for silver linings than at the dark clouds that I seem to be sitting under, I’m making this effort to, hopefully, help someone else who is struggling. Otherwise, my journey will have been for naught, which would take me back to my original thought, that I’ve wasted 19+ years of my life. Since that’s not a pleasant thought, I’d like to just move on. Please pray with me that I can, because it’s time that I did.
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