On our trek today, we will discover three bits of wisdom that will help us to navigate through each day of life.
I like to spend time with and study older people whom I consider to be my wise mentors. My parents were wise in many areas of life, and my Granny and Gramps were considered wise as well. I also study Jim Rohn and Zig Ziglar to glean wisdom from them. All of these people faced challenges that we all face one way or the other. They have seen successes and many happy times throughout their lives, but they have also seen times of struggle and sorrow.
As I was preparing for today’s trek, I settled on three nuggets of wisdom to share. I consider them an important triangle of practical wisdom for everyday life. These nuggets have nothing to do with saving money or working hard, but these three important wisdom nuggets will provide the rich and satisfying life that we all seek to obtain.
What are they? Well, here is what I would like to share with you today…
1. Make each new day count by helping someone or just making someone smile.
Part of this personal philosophy is all about giving from within so that another person is happier for the fact that they spent time with you and know you. This strength to make someone happy comes from your own sense of confidence, well-being, and happiness. So, to help someone or make them smile, you must have a sense of giving to others, which in turn is given back to you through their thanks or through their simple smile back to you. Life is not about receiving at all times; it is a combination of being thankful for what you have as blessings and sharing those blessings with others who need a little fraction of what you have. Luke 6:31 reminds us to, “Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”
2. Don’t dwell on life’s troubles. Think of the good times.
Everybody has troubles in life. No one is immune. But, troubles are no different than the bad weather in that bad weather affects everyone but passes sooner or later. When there is bad weather, the best thing to overcome its doom and gloom is to remember all the good weather you have experienced in the past and recall all those fun and enjoyable things that you did to appreciate the beauty of the day. For example, a simple walk in the park watching and listening to all the sounds and sights or an enjoyable picnic by the side of a babbling brook where peace and tranquility surrounded you.
In Matthew 5:44-45 Jesus told us, “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.”
3. Don’t worry about things you can’t do anything about.
Worry is one of the most debilitating and useless of all emotions. Worry is not about the ability or the decision to control or to do something positive. It is all about a self-centered behavior that leads to nothing except to cause a person stress. When issues that you can do something about confront you, that is a totally different matter. If we have control over a situation, we should not worry but rather create a solution. But there are many things in life we have no control over and worry does nothing except cause stress and even illness.
One of the best Bible passages that Jesus taught about worry is Matthew 6:25-34, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Today we looked at how life is like a triangle and if we practice these 3 simple precepts, we will live a rich and satisfying life. The lessons that we can learn from each other are valuable, so encourage your friends and family to join us each day on our Wisdom-Trek Podcast.