Boulders to Pebbles: The Magic of Wisdom

Balanced Rock at Garden of the Gods park in Co...

Let’s consider the rocks in the road today. You know the ones I mean, right? These rocks can be HUGE obstacles that seem frighteningly insurmountable and fraught with the danger of failure. Sometimes they’re those tiny pebbles that get caught in your shoe and generally annoy you as you walk. In either form, they are a problem that must be resolved. The trick is discerning the boulder from the pebble.

Let’s start with those big boulders. If you’ve ever been rock climbing, the rocks can seem impossible to climb at first sight. Where do you start? Once you regard it, and perhaps watch someone else climb it, the starting point suddenly appears. Sometimes, as I remember from my rock climbing, what works for someone else may not be suitable for you. You need to find your own way to scale the rock because that is the only way you can climb it. So you try, and try, and eventually either succeed or quit. Sometimes, quitting is the best option because the climb may be too dangerous or physically impossible for you. Sometimes your fear gets the best of you. but the times you succeed, you gain a new perspective and sometimes an incredible panorama that you would otherwise have not seen.

What about those darn pebbles in the shoe? Do you stop to remove them or just deal with the discomfort and press on? I guess that all depends on the importance of your destination. If you’re in a hurry, you might just endure the irritation and keep moving. Sometimes, you stop to remove the annoyance, which can lead to either a revitalized sense of movement toward your goal — or t might cause you to go back home because of a perceived wound.

The wisdom in this situation lies in discernment: Are you able to continue to your destination or not? If not, is it because of fear (pain is a disguise that fear wears) or because of a legitimate reason? The magic of wisdom in this situation  is  not allowing fear to compel you to quit. How do you obtain that wisdom? Experience.

Yep, I said it: Experience.

I’m not talking about experience gained by watching someone else do the things that frightens you. I’m talking about hands-on, first-person experience in which you face and conquer your fear. Wisdom comes by conquering fear, and by facing the truth of a situation. Sometimes a boulder really is an impossible or dangerous climb, and sometimes it’s just an illusion. Only wisdom can let you decided which is which.

Go out and live, experience fear, and grow in wisdom!



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