“Wisdom reflects a capacity for sound judgment, discernment, and the objectivity to see what is needed in the moment. Collective wisdom reflects a similar capacity to learn together and evolve toward something greater and wiser than what we can do as individuals alone. This book emerges from a deep conviction that we have a stake in each other and that what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart.”
How fitting it is that on the day after the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was re-elected for another term, I send my 44th message in my quest to reflect and share during my 100 days of wisdom! I’m taking a few liberties as I am a few days behind in scheduling and #44 was “technically” planned for November 2nd. But who’s counting (other than me, of course).
Although I usually focus on the wisdom we can receive from Spirit within, today I focus on the wisdom of collective action; when people gather and share a common intention and action for a common good. When a group, however similar or diverse, puts the good of their community above their individual pursuits. When individuals come together to share their time, talents and treasures for a common purpose and benefit by harnessing the strength and wisdom found only in collective action.
“We yearn for our independence not just so we can go where we want to and speak up when we want to, though that feels good. But that’s child’s play and ego-driven. The deeper part of us yearns to create, to fulfill whatever it is we were born to do—and that requires that we take charge of our own power of choice. Meaning and purpose is driven by the engine of choice, make no mistake about that.”
“Get good counsel, but do your own decidin’!” a favorite “Nanaism” by my Nana Celeste Jones Borden
I love this picture I took in December of 2011 of my Nana. She was resting in her favorite recliner completely enveloped in a warm bright white light, as all Angels are.
To hear her tell it though, she was “resting her eyes”. This explanation, of course, is despite all outward appearances to the contrary — especially that all-too familiar lean-to-the-right — suggesting that she’d actually nodded off.
But resting her eyes is probably the better explanation. Try to change the channel, for example. You’d soon find out just how not asleep she was. Did I mention she also had a mean right hook?
In retrospect, there’s a really good chance she was actually deep in thought, contemplating her existence, weighing her options. Continue reading →