“Be generous with me and I’ll live a full life; not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road. Open my eyes so I can see what you show me of your miracle-wonders. I’m a stranger in these parts; give me clear directions. My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous!— insatiable for your nourishing commands. And those who think they know so much, ignoring everything you tell them—let them have it! Don’t let them mock and humiliate me; I’ve been careful to do just what you said. While bad neighbors maliciously gossip about me, I’m absorbed in pondering your wise counsel. Yes, your sayings on life are what give me delight; I listen to them as to good neighbors!”
Psalm 119:17-24 The Message
A New Way To Ponder Wise Counsel
After randomly finding a TED talk on the benefits of Street Wisdom, it became clear that there are plenty of helpful tools to see things grow in a new way. Is it possible to get answers to life’s most challenging questions by wandering around a big city and looking at store fronts and street signs? Can the same concept be applied to the suburbs? To back roads? To the middle of a dense forest?
Not For A Minute Will I Take My Eyes Off Your Road
After living in the same place for almost two decades, it’s easy to accumulate a list of common jogging and walking routes. One, in particular, provides a nice respite from high traffic areas. As an added bonus, a neighboring creek relaxes the mind with invigorating sounds of rushing water. Trees border both sides of the road to provide protection from strong winds and a constant reminder of the changing seasons. There is one major downside to this route–it contains a blind curve. It’s anyone’s guess which side of the road a driver will take. Some drift to the outside shoulder of the road while others hug the inside only inches from the stone house that sits on the edge. In twenty years, there has not been one occasion when two cars were driving in opposite directions at the exact same time during a jog, walk, or bike ride on that road. Is it possible to find an answer to a challenging question in a mundane familiar place?
While Bad Neighbors Maliciously Gossip About Me
What would happen if I didn’t care what other people think?
That was the question.
Open My Eyes So I Can See What You Show Me Of Your Miracle-Wonders
One car approaches the blind turn heading east at a moderate rate of speed. Another car travels quickly in the opposite direction. Neither driver has visibility beyond the sharp turn in the road. Only one driver can see the pedestrian jog against traffic on the scant shoulder. What is the wise course of action to prevent a dangerous collision?
On one hand, it might be wise for the pedestrian to move into the line of sight of the driver without visibility. But this could cause the driver to swerve into the approaching car’s path.
On the other hand, it might be wise for the pedestrian to motion the driver within sight to slow down. But this gesture could distract the driver and increase the risk of collision.
The pedestrian is fully aware of the pending danger. There are countless scenarios to consider. Confronting either driver could put multiple people at risk. Ignoring either driver could put multiple people at risk. What if recognition of the dangers coupled with moving out of the way and mindfully envisioning safe passage is the wise option?
I’m Absorbed In Pondering Your Wise Counsel
That was the answer.
When thoughts are rushing in from every direction, step aside and observe. Confronting every single thought either through mental effort or physical interaction with another person can be dangerous in the moment. Thoughts, by themselves, are only thoughts. They could be based on reality or based on fiction. Trying to stop a thought is futile. It’s like stepping in front of an oncoming car. Letting a thought pass while mindfully envisioning the best outcome is the only way to avoid a deadly collision.
Yes, Your Sayings On Life Are What Give Me Delight
Is Street Wisdom or Nature Wisdom or Suburb Wisdom the answer to finding answers? No. They are not the answer, but they are valuable tools to help people see the benefit of asking tough questions and opening the mind in a way that can receive answers. You can’t see if you are unwilling to open your eyes. You can’t hear if you choose not to listen. You can’t learn if you choose not to open your mind. And you can’t change if you choose not to open your heart.
What’s the most important question in your life, and what are you willing to do to get the answer?
©Room2GrowGarden.com, November 23, 2018