"Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies, nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who hold of her will be blessed.
By wisdom the Lord laid the earth's foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew." Proverbs 3:13-20
happy friday, everyone
and oh thank God, FOX Breaking News just now: Richard Simmons is alive and well, so says the LAPD. We can all relax. Phew, that was a close one.
Not even sure where all that panic originated... for by golly, it was as if, all of a sudden, there was an all points bulletin to find him. So happy day, rest assured, he is "perfectly fine."
And all I can add to that, is that that claim of being "perfectly fine" is perfectly debatable. teehee...
when has the guy been perfectly fine?
His line of crazy is perfect for him; he made a career at being anything but perfectly fine; he is off the charts nutty, and quite possibly, damn proud of it. But of course, what do I know -- as I do not know Simmons; this girl is one clown short of a circus, herself, and really has no way of truly knowing and understanding the man. All I really know is what he chooses to show to the world, right. And who could not understand the inclination to retreat for a wee bit -- just imagine the kind of energy that guy had to manufacture day after day...that was testosterone/progesterone/macaroon laced circuit training, infiltrating living rooms and escalating heart beats, of a whole 'nother level.
Which reminds me of a stat I heard from Joel Osteen's sermon, just last weekend: America holds about 6% of the world's population, and yet we consume nearly 90% of the world's tranquilizers.
Isn't that astounding?!
How sad, right?!
And taking an immediate segway to things Trump related -- the naysayers and objectors and leftist far and wide predicted total chaos with a Trump administration; calling the guy a nutcase, wondering if he even had the wisdom to be president and even further, be the guy in control of, you know, the button to go nuclear.
The guy doesn't drink alcohol or coffee, let alone need to pop a pill just to get his day started. It's also been said, he requires very little sleep.
And perhaps, some might even say -- and that some being just me, right now -- that his body and mind are more pure than the rest of us. Just sayin'. Speaking for G, this girl enjoys her Makers Mark, and can't wake up until two cups of joe are sipped. And even though this sipping and savoring in the quiet morning hours is devoted to saying my prayers, reading anything that lifts and fills my spirit, and turning my day over to God in a "do what you will with me" kind of way. if being truthful, it sheds a shady light on a vicious cycle that goes up/down, up/down, up/down...where she stops nobody knows :)
At least Americans can be rest assured, Trump is normally on the level, chemically speaking, all the live long day. And I for one, am not only pleased to recognize that, but shamefully can't give you that same assurance, k. and when I say shamefully, that isn't entirely the truth. teehee
On another note, and reaching back to the top of this post, this verse found in Proverbs just makes my heart go pitter patter...Isn't it marvelous that this thing called wisdom is referred to in the feminine?
"...She is more precious than rubies, nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her..."
True wisdom requires us to know thy self; it requires a receptive heart, open to being in relationship with our one true path as designed by the Creator of all living things and the Divine Providence from which this understanding comes and moves and has It's way with us. It never truly is about our way of doing things, unless of course, we want to march down the path alone and aerobically challenged.
This morning I am reminded of America's beautiful beginning, as written in the very first words of our Declaration of Independence:
"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..."
Our RIGHTS and our liberties come from Nature's God, the CREATOR. Boom.
This is the foundation; this is where wisdom lives and where understanding flourishes.
Oh how I wish the "DAY WITHOUT WOMEN" crowd simply started their day, and their cause, simply reciting America's Declaration of Independence! The truth is, this -- and the Book of Proverbs -- is almost all anyone ever really needs in the pursuit of Happiness.
[Notice, happiness is not a guarantee; that result is tied directly to the individual's methods and means in the pursuit of it, to reach nirvana, to get to this place called Happiness].
Siddhartha found one way; just as each one of us born into this world must do the same. God, as Creator of all, loves creativity -- which only means, there is no ONE way to do it. There is like hundreds of billions of ways -- just look at the life and times of Richard Simmons....
However, wisdom and understanding of Nature's Laws and Nature's God, would conclude a certain amount of devotion to the Source, and the wealth waiting for each and every one of us while sitting under God, under the righteous limbs of the tree of life, seeking first HER wisdom. Can you just imagine if all the world took this stance in finding remedy for the world's material, spiritual, physical, painful woes? The disenfranchised, the gender-oppressed and oppression itself, men and women alike, being young and old, and from one continent to another.... all things fallen of this world can be course corrected. Seek and ye shall find.
Humanity falters under the weight of humanity itself; and the only Thing that puts us back together, and keeps us together, is a life centered around the All-Knowing Grace of God, Truth and the Wisdom of the ages... for Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
Our Founders recognized this truth; decidedly and with full confidence, our essential liberties and freedoms and duties -- endowed by our Creator, that which do not come from government -- is written into our foundation.
Our founders never said it would be easy, they never promised us a rose garden, and we can only assume they never saw a time in America when we consumed 90% of the world's tranquilizers just to make it through the day (especially, if we are to add in the mother lode of modern day conveniences....like washing machines, telephones, blogs, instant messaging, indoor plumbing, refrigeration, the light bulb, aerobics by Richard Simmons and brought to you by the miracle of T.V.....all these things AND the Bible? It's almost like we have heaven on earth, heaven on earth. But I digress).
One last thing before I go -- feel free to feast your eyes upon a wonderful answer to the Day Without Women Charade and on parade yesterday. It comes from Lifezette. Nina May responds with this: "A Day Without Whiny Women." -- think of it as a natural elixir to lift you out of the political doldrums of our days; it's like a peach Bellini with an extra splash of sass.
Gotta go now, for this girl has a lunch date with a lady more precious than rubies.
True tranquility is in the eyes of the beholder, in the arms of the Almighty, and lives within us, no matter what corner of the world we live in, in the pursuit of our Happiness.
Make it a Good Day, G