I’ve heard it said that one of the oldest warnings about power is to do no harm with it, in other words this thing called power is not to be used to hurt, maim, befuddle, confuse, or smite any other person for any reason, or you will be called upon to defend yourself in front of the powers that be. That will be a carafe of instant karma for table two, anyone else? But some people obviously don’t care who they may or may not offend in the use of their little bit of power because white knuckled fists fly in the air we breathe all too frequently, both metaphorically and physically speaking. Someone hurts our feelings, pull out the power gloves, someone insults our fairy tales, more power to the gas please, someone doesn’t like us, maybe amp up the power boxes, someone crosses the street at an angle that sends goose bumps up our flesh or as Dr. Seuss pointed out has the audacity to butter their toast on the wrong side of their bread! We need more power! We need bigger killing machines or at least machines that do more destruction than our enemy’s powerful machines…yeah, it gets creepy pretty fast. Power gets loaded into the chamber at an alarming rate of speed.
So I’m thinking what we need is a bit of cooling off wisdom to deal with all this raw, exposed power flipping around on the ground. It can’t hurt. But let’s get one thing straight right now—wisdom is not knowledge, it is the experience of the experience. It is being right, not necessarily doing the right or what is expected of us. It is feeling the truth, not reciting it. Wisdom is found in the center of all circumstance, it takes no side. Wisdom is kindness without motive. Wisdom is life. It does not lie. Wisdom is not anger. Wisdom is listening to all four directions. It is humble, but it is not cowardly. Wisdom is care that is given, not coerced. Wisdom is like the sun. Your choice to how you react, just like with power. Wisdom is grace, not always graceful though. Wisdom is thankful. It grieves, but not out of remorse. It does not steal your love like a thief in the night. It does not kill all hope. It never looks for a cruel way to cause pain to others on purpose. Wisdom is best love. And there you go.