I seek wisdom. (The people who know me know how I need this.)
Wisdom meaning all I am and all I have being contributed in the right way at the right time for the right reason in the right spirit.
I make such slow progress towards becoming a wiser person. But perhaps slow is okay. Maybe I have the whole of life to work at it.
‘[Perseverance] is the ability to stand and thrive under pressure.’*
Perseverance expressed as active patience is the ability to open my mind, my heart, and my will, to be truly present.
‘We persevere in the confidence that we ourselves are being transformed. Perseverance produces character, and character, hope. And hope, we will discover, is the ultimate gift gained in wisdom.’*
I find I can keep moving towards the future, figuring out more ways to make my contribution, what it is I can do and you can’t, and what it is you can do and I cannot:
‘Naming oneself and others as a contribution produces a shift away from self concern and engages us in a relationship with others that is an arena for making a difference.’**
No matter what our age, we are all able to keep moving forward in our thinking, our relating, and our behaving. And we watch our worldview altering from one of scarcity to one of abundance.
There’s always another chance, another opportunity, another possibility, and usually it will appear in the most unusual or difficult places or times – and there make our contribution.