Nuggets of wisdom
I’m an early riser who likes to begin the day reading some wisdom literature for about 15 minutes. Like a prospector panning for gold, I’m eagerly seeking a few good nuggets. A nugget is a short, pithy sentence or anecdote that speaks some truth to me that I can unpack and savor for the day and, sometimes, for a lifetime.
Today, I came upon three gold nuggets that I deemed worth pondering and keeping in my quotations file.
1. Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. —Theodore Rubin, psychiatrist
My take-away from Rubin’s advice is that it’s fine to be smart and acquire knowledge, certifications, degrees and wealth and be able to debate ideas convincingly, but true wisdom begins when we apply all that to serving the bottom line of treating others better.
2. “There is always more goodness in the world than there appears to be, because goodness is of its very nature modest and retiring.” —Evelyn Beatrice Hall, Voltaire’s biographer
In our day, success has many advocates, authors, champions and parents, but humility is an orphan. It’s the winners anymore, not the meek, who are said to inherit the earth.
3. “Church is not a performance, it’s an immersive experience, and when you step into the aisle to go forward for communion and everyone is singing ‘Just as I am without one plea,’ it brings you to tears and that’s what you go to church for.” —Garrison Keillor, humorist
I grew up believing that true religion was a matter of a preacher justifying our church’s doctrines and pointing out the errors of others. I left church feeling smug, self-righteous.
Now I want to leave church feeling repaired, inspired to go plant my feet on higher ground.