When I read that the topic for RAOKA this month would be wisdom, I knew that I would wait until the end of the month to write the post. I had great visions of a month spent looking at wisdom, perhaps doing a bit of research, and writing a post that looked at the international wisdoms I noted throughout the month.
That didn’t happen though. Thus, I arrived in my office this morning with a ballerina in tow and a vague idea as to what this post might include. It would not be the wise words of men and women throughout the centuries – those bits of wisdom passed down in proverbs and saying and “old wives’ tails” as I had anticipated (though that might be an interesting post in the future); but, it would be about wisdom that has been present in my life for years and more in the forefront of late.
Wisdom is passed from generation to generation, directly or indirectly. WE learn from our elders through their words and their actions. We learn from children – sometimes the lessons they teach are those we have learned and forgotten while at times, their insight is profound. We can even find wisdom shared by our pets, nature, and the world at large. Wisdom is shared by friends, lovers, strangers. It is shared through stories, songs, art, dance, proverbs….
Wisdom is out there for us to absorb – to give and share – but often this only happens when we are open to the wisdom or are ready to hear it with our hearts.
Throughout June I found myself considering little pieces of wisdom that seems so straight forward and simple at first glance, but the choice to engage and live them is one that is made daily. They are pieces of ancient wisdom- secrets of life in a way – wisdom that I work to model and pass down to my daughter.
The first seems to be a theme of my posts throughout the past year – Be true to yourself. This little piece of wisdom is seen throughout the centuries in different forms. It seems that people throughout time and in varying cultures realized the importance of personal integrity and alignment of mind, body and soul or thought and action. Being true to self is often challenging as we live in societies that strive for conforming; keeping up with our neighbors; focus on status and lifestyle; and the idea of doing what is “right” with right being defined by the society itself over the individuals and the situation and the “right” being what is truth. Often being true to self means turning away from people and places that we love. Often it means confronting societal norms, swimming against the stream, or facing the judgments of others. It is easy to, on the surface, live in conformity with the expectations of others and follow the “party line.” And yet… the challenge of being true to self is one that I choose and embrace.
The second – Look within.
This one is like an onion for me. It isn’t until June that I started unpeeling the different layers… what exactly does this mean? As time passes and experiences evolve, I am finding the wisdom in this little saying “look within.”
The last is a gem and has been an active and evolving part of my life as long as I can remember – Love is a gift – no strings, no expectations, no ownership, no conditions. Love is a gift of acceptance and freedom in a way. Love is the gift of allowing others to look within, to be true to self, and to love. It is a gift that we give ourselves as well – allowing ourselves the freedom to choose, make mistakes, choose again… loving all the while.
I suppose I can’t finish this post without adding this, heard last year but still being learned – Choose your highest potential – Be your highest potential.
RAOKA is founded on the idea that we can do little things to make a difference. The little things in life, the little things that we all can do and do daily – like laughter, express passion, gratitude… These acts are noted by various people in accordance with a theme chosen each month. June’s theme was Wisdom – July’s theme is trust.
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