Wisdom from Books
TAO is the ancient wisdom from China, more than 2,600 years ago. It is based on the wisdom of Lau Tzu, the ancient sage, who wrote Tao Te Ching, the immortal classic on human wisdom, one of the most translated books in world literature.
THE TAO WISDOM
The Tao of Success and Failure
Doing may lead to success, while non-doing may result in failure. Success often brings with it contentment and satisfaction-ingredients of human happiness.
However, if the happiness excessively satisfies and saturates the ego, the doing may lead to over-doing, which is doing more than what is necessary, and this may result in undue stress and unreasonable expectation-ultimately bringing about unhappiness.
A case in point: Lance Armstrong, the-once-celebrated-but-now-disgraced cyclist who had won numerous national and international medals, chose to use performance-enhancing drugs to win more medals, and ended up being stripped off all his previously won medals.
Remember, what goes up must also come down; success is inevitably followed by failure, and nothing lasts forever.
“Success and failure are no more than expressions of the human condition.
So, accept both gracefully and willingly, with no judgment, no preference.
The Creator loves us unconditionally, irrespective of our success or failure.
What is meant by “accept both gracefully and willingly”?
Success is avoiding failure; avoiding failure is seeking success.
Both originate from fear and pride: the sources of human suffering.
Seeing ourselves indiscriminately as everything, including success and failure,
we see not only the manifestations but also the mysteries of the creation.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 13)
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Biblical wisdom is for the soul. The human body, which lives in the material world, is controlled by the human mind. Both may affect each other, positively and negatively in everyday life and living.
The pivotal role of the soul is providing wisdom to the mind, giving it appropriate advice and even instructions.
Biblical wisdom is not easily and readily accessible to all: it requires the profound human wisdom of an individual to seek and self-intuit it. Without this very passionate search and deep self-intuition, Biblical wisdom may remain unfathomable and unattainable to that individual.
Enhance your soul with spirituality to enable you to be in the world, but not of the world.
With Biblical wisdom, you live for life, and not just for yourself in the material world.
THE BODY WISDOM
Your Emotions, Your Perceptions, and Your Health
Your mind is the generator of your emotions because it perceives, interprets, generalizes your thoughts, which then become your assumptions that affect how you act or react in the physical world. Your mind affects your body; as a matter of fact, there is a close connection between the body and the mind.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), human emotions are the major underlying causes of many diseases and disorders because Chinese physicians believe that certain body organs are related to emotional activities; for example, the heart is related to joy, the liver to anger, the spleen to obsessive thoughts, the lungs to anxiety, and the kidneys to fear. Therefore, excessive emotions disrupt the free flow of qi, the life-giving energy that flows through the body, and thus causing imbalance and disharmony that may lead to diseases and disorders.
In addition, human behaviors -- often a byproduct of human emotions -- affect the mind, just as emotions of the mind affect the body. According to a study at Ohio State University in 2003, physical behavior, such as enhanced body language of nodding in agreement or shaking head in disagreement, may significantly affect how we think without our knowing it. According to that study, even posture, such as sitting up straight, may be conducive to remembering positive memories or thinking positively, because posture changes the production of human hormones.
The inter-connection between the body and the mind is further evidenced by the indisputable notion that a healthy heart produces a healthy brain by pumping sufficient oxygen and nutrients to nourish the brain through its bloodstream.
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With the body wisdom, human diseases and disorders are sometimes preventable and avoidable.
Get the body wisdom to cope with any disease or disorder you may be dealing with currently.
I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease more than two decades ago. I was on steroid medications for a while until I decided to have a holistic approach to my disease.
For the past 20 years I have been 100 percent drug-free.
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Even a cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. Empower the mind with the body wisdom to combat and cope with cancer. As a matter of fact, a cancer diagnosis may j be an opportunity for personal growth and development, as well as for looking at one's own health and life with totally different perspectives.
Get the body wisdom on self-healing, instead of depending on medications, which are no more than toxic chemicals that only suppress the disease symptoms, instead of curing it.
Self-healing comes from the inside, and not the outside.
The human mind is one of the most important body organs: it controls how one acts and reacts; how one makes daily decisions and life choices. They are all instrumental in creating the life experiences that ultimately become the realities in the mind
The mind wisdom is the capability to see the absolute truths in the realities in the mind, that is, separating the myths and the half-truths from the realities.
The mind wisdom enables you to see things as they really are, and not as they are supposed to be, or as you wish they were.
THE MIND WISDOM
Asking Questions and Seeking Answers
“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” Thomas Berger
Albert Einstein once said, “Thinking is difficult; that’s why so few people do it.” Thinking is a process of self-intuition through asking relevant questions to create self-awareness and self-introspection. It is the natural habit of the human mind to try to solve problems by asking questions. Through solving problems, the mind can then make things happen. Asking relevant questions is self-empowering human wisdom because it creates the intent to learn, to discover, and then to change. Without change, life becomes static, boring, and ultimately unhappy.
Know the importance of asking questions, and continue to ask meaningful and relevant questions throughout your life.
To live well, we need to ask ourselves many self-probing questions as we continue our life journey in order to find out: who we really are, and not who we think or wish we were; what we really need, and not what we want from life; why certain things happened while certain things did not happen to us. Without knowing the answers to those questions asked, we can never be genuinely happy because we will always be looking for the unreal and the unattainable, just like the mule forever reaching out for the unreachable carrot in front.
In many ways, the human brain is like a computer program. Your whole being is like the computer hardware with the apparatus of a mind, body, and senses. The lenses through which you see yourself, as well as others and the world around you, are the software that has been programmed by your thoughts, your past and present experiences, as well as your own desires and expectations. In other words, you -- and nobody else -- have programmed your own mindset; all these years, you may have been trapped in a constricted sense of the self that has prevented you from knowing and being who you really are. That is to say, your “conditioned” mind may have erroneously made you "think" and even "believe" that you are who and what you are right now; but nothing could be further from the truth.
Now, by asking relevant questions, you may have the human wisdom to "change" that pre-conditioned mindset, enabling you to separate the truths from the half-truths or even the myths that you have created for yourself voluntarily or involuntarily all these years.
Spiritual Wisdom to Seek Answers
“Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.” Ronald Reagan
When we ask, we may also receive -- just as Jesus said: “Seek and you shall find.” That said, many seek but still do not find, just as many ask questions but do not receive answers because they do not have the spiritual wisdom to guide them in what they seek and in the questions they ask. To illustrate, millions of people lined up for the Power Ball lottery, but they did not find what they were looking for. So, asking questions and seeking answers require not only human wisdom expressed in the intent to ask, but also, more importantly, the spiritual wisdom manifested in the willingness to receive the answers.
Seeking answers to all the questions asked also requires spiritual wisdom to show us that we are all living in a material world full of problems, that solving others' problems does not help us solve our own, and that solving our own problems does not guarantee that we will not have any more problems to be solved.
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The human body lives in the physical world, where the flesh is often weakened by the toxic environment.
One of the functions of the human mind is to control and monitor the human body. But the human mind may also become contaminated and infested by what is in the material world, given that there is a close connection between the body and the mind.
Fortunately, all humans are also provided with a spirit, which is divine guidance in the form of conscience, love, sympathy, compassion, and loving-kindness. The spirit is like a compass and a road-map any individual to go on his or her life journey.
The spirit is inherent in any individual, but that individual has to look for it, embrace it, and apply it to his or her daily living. That is when and where the spirit wisdom comes into play.
THE SPIRITUAL WISDOM
Ways to Become More Spiritual
Man is born with a spirit: a conscience to know what is right and wrong, as well as a desire to connect with his Creator-or God’s desire to be connected with man. In the course of life, man may disregard the human conscience when he chooses to do evil, or may even suppress the innate desire to know his Creator when he purposely turns away from Him.
If your mind so desires spirituality, there are still ways to help you become more spiritual.
These are some of the ways to become more spiritual:
Simplify your life: clear away the physical clutters in your life as the first step towards freeing yourself from your material and mundane attachments. Material things do not define who you are. Once you have cleared the physical clutters from your living environment, you may get to know more about yourself, especially your needs and values. Remember, needs and wants are not the same; your wants often create toxic desires and their accompanying toxic emotions.
Learn to look within yourself for answers to your life problems: you will become more self-reliant and self-sufficient. Find your inner voice: what you love to do, and what touches your heart and your soul. Your inner self knows the truth when you hear it. Nobody knows you better than yourself-just as there is no better physician than yourself, who know what is best for your body. This intuitive wisdom is self-healing, which gives you a healthier body. Consciously improve your everyday attitudes and feelings, not just about yourself, but also towards others around you. Each and every moment in your day-to-day interactions provides an opportunity for you to become more spiritual, if you consciously avail yourself of that opportunity to see miracles in your life. Using Mother Teresa’s example, begin by conveying warmth to someone who least expects it, and this generous gesture of compassion is a strong testament to your innate spirituality. It is your spiritual thinking that causes your personality and daily interactions with others to become an expression of your soul: your daily actions speak you mind. A healthy mind is full of spirituality.
Another way to help you develop your spirituality is to feed your mind with positive thoughts to avoid any distorted thinking that may disenfranchise the soul. Consistently replenish your soul with spiritual feelings, such as unconditional love, generosity, gratitude, and forgiveness, among others. Love melts your resistance to change for the better; without love, you simply continue to perpetuate that you resist. Generosity is freely giving your time and effort to others, as well as to yourself; it is paying others forward without any selfish interest or expectation. Gratitude will not make you compare your current state of health or wealth with that of others; gratitude is a great attitude in overcoming toxic thoughts of envy and greed that you may still have in the back of your mind. Forgiveness is a necessary requirement for health and healing; forgive yourself as well as others for all the mistakes done by you, or by others to you-mistakes are necessary for the learning process in life and the empowering of the soul.
Always look outside of yourself, too, and not just inside. Believe in miracles. Learn to pray. Prayers work by altering your brain chemistry. Like anti-depressant drugs, prayers can help you build up the feeling-good brain chemicals, such as serotonin. Prayers restore your hope, strength, and health.
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Relationships play a pivotal part in everyday human life.
It is not easy to get along with people due to their differences in race, culture, upbringing, and belief. In many respects many think they are right, and, worse, think that they have the "right" to impose on others what they think is right.
Good human relationship begins with self-love -- which is loving yourself as who you are in spite of all your imperfections.
Recognizing all your perceived
imperfections may help you see the imperfections of others as well, thereby instrumental in accepting them as they are.
Loving-kindness is also critical to having good relationship with others. It enables you to be in someone else's shoes and see things from his or her own perspectives.
Meditation may also change your perspectives of many things that happens to and around you.
THE RELATIONSHIPS WISDOM
Love and Relationships
“Love is happy when it is able to give something. Ego is happy when it is able to take something.” Osho
“Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.” Anais Nin
“Love” is a big word in all human civilizations. For all religious disparities, love still plays an essential role in all the world’s religions. Love plays an important role in human lives and happiness, especially living in a world of conflicts and aggression.
What is the real meaning of “love”? Love involves our emotions and feelings. We all love some things and some people. Love, ironically enough, gives us both happiness and unhappiness. When the love is fulfilled, we feel happy; when the love is rejected or unrequited, we then feel pain, which becomes the unhappiness. That, unfortunately, is the reality of love.
Loving others is not that easy, and loving yourself is sometimes even more difficulty. That is also the reality of life and love.
The truth of the matter is that to truly love someone is very difficult, if not impossible, unless you love yourself first.
In a general sense, self-esteem is the positive or negative evaluative perception of self. It is a rating of self based on a partial assessment of current and/or past traits. Many mental health professionals claim that achieving higher self-esteem is the keystone of good mental health, in particular, in avoiding unhappiness; such claims, however, are dubious at best.
Low self-esteem is self-doubt, often expressed in not asserting oneself in public or workplace, and not pushing past one’s comfort zones.
To love yourself is self-acceptance, which is accepting who and what you really are -- and not who and what you wish you were (that is, your ego-self). It should also be pointed out that “loving yourself” and “loving your ego-self” are not quite the same. The former is loving yourself for who you really are despite all your imperfections; the latter involves loving or craving to be the person you wish you were. “Loving yourself” means you can love others as well because they are not very different from you in that they, too, are as imperfect as you are. On the other hand, “loving your ego-self” means it is very difficult to love others because you want to distinguish and separate yourself from others; accordingly, others must somehow satisfy your ego first before you can love them. That explains why if you have a big ego-self, you cannot easily and readily love others.
The bottom line: if you can accept yourself as who and what you are, then it may become much easier for you to accept and love others as who and what they are.
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THE HAPPINESS WISDOM
Success and Satisfaction
Doing may lead to success, which brings about contentment and happiness. However, if the happiness excessively satisfies and saturates the ego, the doing may easily become compromised, leading to unhappiness.
A Case in Point
Lance Armstrong, the once-celebrated-but-now-disgraced cyclist, had won seven consecutive Tour de France titles and the Olympic bronze medal.
Armstrong’s initial success inflated his ego that led to his craving for more success, resulting in his “wrong” doing -- using performance-enhancing drugs to win all his races that ultimately brought about his downfall, and he was stripped of all his previous winning titles.
The Bible says that pursuing happiness is often just “like chasing the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 2: 11) This is especially true if it is pride that generates the happiness. Pride requires an object, such as an expensive car, or an action, such as winning in a game -- neither of which lasts.
Therefore, human effort does not guarantee happiness; it may only create the illusion of an environment that is conducive to only temporary happiness. To illustrate, one may work diligently in one’s career to excel and to get to the top of the profession only to find that one has a terminal illness, or has incurred a debilitating accident. For example, Steve Job, the co-founder of Apple computers, had his life cut short by pancreatic cancer at the height of his successful business career.
In addition, pride, which is all about “me, myself, and I”, is the first one of the Seven Deadly Sins. St. Augustine of Hippo once said: “Pride is the commencement of all sins.” The sin of pride is the preoccupation with self to the exclusion of everything else, including the Creator. Pride -- its arrogance, self-centeredness, and self-exaltation in the bag and baggage of the ego-self --poisons human happiness because it is unbecoming of a believer, no matter how right is the doing in the eyes of the Creator.
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,” (Jeremiah 9: 23)
According to Lao Tzu, “Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”
Seeking success and avoiding failure are no more than pride and fear; they are only expressions of the human conditions erroneously perceived by the flawed human mind with a big ego.
“Success is avoiding failure; avoiding failure is seeking success.
Both originate from fear and pride: the source of human suffering.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 13)
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We all want to be happy, but life is seldom, if ever, full of happiness and joy. We all want to pursue our own happiness, but our pursuit is often like chasing the wind, elusive, evasive, and forever unattainable.
Get the happiness wisdom to understand the science of happiness: happiness and pleasure are not the same; both do not last, and that is the reality.
Happiness and depression are no more and no less than the perceptions of the human mind. Wisdom may help you understand why you are happy or unhappy in this world of depression.
The word "happiness" is a term difficult to define because it is very much subjective and individualized. But the truth of the matter is that genuine human happiness has to be holistic in that the body, the mind, and the soul all feel some sense of satisfaction.
Happiness is a state of mind. The mind records all your mental perceptions and your own interpretations of those perceptions, and then stores them at the back of your subconscious mind, where they become your memories, and hence the fabrics with which you weave the "realities" of your life. In short, it is your mind that decides whether you are happy or unhappy.
To live long requires an understanding of your own longevity wisdom.
Your Creator has given you your built-in body wisdom to keep you forever young and healthy.
Essentially, it is an innate awareness of not only the basic needs of your body, but also all the signs and signals by which your body warns you of what is wrong with you.
To attain the longevity wisdom, you need a new level of consciousness to create your new world in which the biochemistry of your body becomes the substance of awareness of your beliefs, emotions, and thoughts. That awareness begins with intent, which is a desire to live long; intent enhances your attention to the needs of your body. So, invoke and embrace that body wisdom in order to keep yourself disease-free.
Your body wisdom is no more than your everyday eating and living habits. Eating is a science, and living is an art -- the art of living well. They complement each other, just as the yin and the yang do, and keep you in balance and harmony.
Together, they constitute the longevity wisdom that has accumulated from the counsel of sages on calorie restriction, the ancient longevity wisdom from the Orient, and also some of the recommendations of contemporary anti-aging health experts.
You constitution is not much different from that of your ancestors thousands of years ago. Therefore, the longevity wisdom in yesteryears is still relevant to the anti-aging living today. Nowadays, anti-aging living to 100 years is no longer a rare phenomenon. The number of centenarians is forever growing. Thanks to medical science and the accumulation of the longevity wisdom throughout the ages, anti-aging living to 100 years and beyond is easily within your reach.
Be wise, and be one of the centenarians, if you wish to live to 100 and beyond.
Of course, there are still many challenges and obstacles you have to overcome, such as stress, weight management, diet, and diseases, among many others.
The bottom line: the longer you live, the more challenges you will face. Get the longevity wisdom to overcome or cope with them so that you may be younger and healthier for longer.
THE LONGEVITY WISDOM
The Wisdom from a Celebrated Centenarian
Luigi Cornaro, a Venetian nobleman, was one of the most celebrated centenarians, who lived from 1464 to 1566 AD. Luigi is famous for his longevity living in relation to calorie restriction. His wisdom, expressed in his discourse when he was in his eighties and nineties, has been an inspiration for more than five centuries. His longevity wisdom was simple and down-to-earth:
Avoid environmental stress, such as extreme heat and cold, or environmental toxins in contemporary society.
Avoid extreme fatigue, and interruption of sleep.
In his youth, Luigi had abused his health with a lifestyle of wantonness and excess, resulting in an extremely weak constitution. His recklessness and dissipation had plagued him with many physical ailments so severe that he often thought of the comfort of death.
At the age of thirty-five, he was given up by his physicians to die. After first trying various medical treatments to no avail, Luigi’s physicians prescribed a temperate lifestyle as the only way to end his suffering and preserve his fragile life. That temperate lifestyle was essentially the exercise of self-restraint or self-discipline in relation to diet and drink for calorie restriction. His physicians recommended that he eat only certain foods, and only in very small quantities -- a calorie restriction diet.
At first, Luigi did not follow that recommendation. In his own words, Luigi wrote:
" . . preferring to live as I pleased and being weary of such foods, I did not refrain from gratifying myself by eating freely of all those things which were to my taste, and being consumed, as it were, by fever, I did not hesitate to continue drinking, and in large quantities, the wines which pleased my palate. Of all this, of course, after the fashion of invalids, I never breathed a word to my physicians. . ."
Luigi’s persistent ill health finally made him succumb to his physicians’ advice. In desperation, he opted for calorie restriction on food, cutting down to 12 ounces a day of solid foods of bread, a vegetable soup with tomato, an egg yolk, and a little meat, divided into two meals, and fourteen ounces pure grape juice, also divided into two servings. When he decided to embark on that course of anti-aging temperate lifestyle with calorie restriction, he did so with great enthusiasm and determination:
". . . I entered upon my new course so heartily that I never afterward swerved from it, nor ever committed the slightest excess in any direction. . ."
Within days, not even weeks, Luigi began to see the significant difference resulting from his change in temperate lifestyle. The results were well worth the effort:
". . . and persevering in it, in less than a year -- though the fact may seem incredible to some -- I found myself entirely cured of all my complaints. . ."
Life had become a real joy for Luigi, and his later years of life were by far the best, enjoying complete freedom from pain, ailments and diseases because he simply ate only as much food as he needed to survive and no more -- a calorie restriction diet.
It was his anti-aging living that had saved his life. He lived on that minimal diet of calorie restriction from age thirty-five until eighty-five, when his relatives began to urge him to eat a little more since he was getting old and he required more physical strength. Complying with and succumbing to their well wishes and importunities, Luigi reluctantly agreed to increase his food intake from twelve to fourteen ounces.
Immediately, he became seriously ill with high fever. Eventually, Luigi had the longevity wisdom to revert to his former anti-aging living with a diet of calorie restriction. As a result, he lived in a state of unbroken health and happiness until the age of one hundred and two.
When he died, he died in an ideal natural way: he was in his rocking chair; he closed his eyes, took a nap, and did not wake up. There was no pain or suffering in his later years -- ever! His mind was as clear as a bell until the very end -- no senility, and no memory loss! Truly, Luigi was one of the most famous centenarians in history.
The key to Luigi’s ant-aging living and longevity wisdom was calorie restriction, or how much he ate:
". . . I accustomed myself to the habit of never fully satisfying my appetite, either with eating or drinking -- always leaving the table well able to take more. In this, I acted according to the proverb: 'Not to satiate one’s self with food is the science of health. . "
Essentially, moderation or temperate lifestyle is the science of anti-aging living. However, Luigi did not suggest you eat the same foods that he did, or the same calorie restriction, but only that you eat in moderation. Luigi's temperate life is easy to follow, and does not require much effort.
". . . he who leads the temperate life can never fall sick, or at least can do so only rarely; and his indisposition lasts but a very short while. For, by living temperately, he removes all the causes of illness; and, having removed these, he thereby removes the effects. So the man who lives the orderly life should have no fear of sickness; for surely he has no reason to fear an effect, the cause of which is under his own control. . ."
According to Luigi, "each person is his or her own best physician" and "the temperate lifestyle is the best medicine."
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Be a wise and smart parent.
Parenting may bring you satisfaction, only if you are intentionally starting a family.
Parenting is undertaking a difficult new venture with many responsibilities, which are not only challenging but also very unpredictable, requiring much wisdom.
Given that children create more work for those who love them, young parents, single parents, and moms may not find happiness in bringing up their children unless they have the wisdom to raise them properly, to develop their potentials, and to turn them into responsible adults.
According to some Californian psychologists,“overall, parents report happier, more satisfied, and thinking more about the meaning in life than non-parents do.”
THE PARENTING WISDOM
Be A Smart Parent
Congratulations! You’ve got yourself a smart baby. Well, at least most parents tend to think that their babies are smart. No matter what you think, make your baby become smart, and smarter with each day passing. You can do that because you are a smart parent yourself.
Are you wise? Well, what is wisdom?
If you have wisdom, most probably your parents are also smart and wise. However, that does not mean that wisdom comes solely from genes. You may have wisdom because you desire to be wise; that is, you want to know more, and the more you know, the wiser you may have become.
If that be the case, then is wisdom closely related to knowledge acquisition? Well, not exactly. Wisdom is more than just being knowledgeable: it is the capability of the mind to see things as they really are, and not as what they may seem to be, or are supposed to be.
To illustrate, if you place a baby in front of a mirror, at first the baby may think that it is another baby in the mirror. But, soon enough, the baby will find out that it is just his or her own reflection in the mirror. Likewise, many of us may think that we are who we are; however, with true wisdom, we will perceive who we really are, and not who we wish we were. Wisdom helps us separate the truths from the half-truths about ourselves or just about anything. That is why the path to wisdom involves asking many probing questions about self and others. Therefore, it is important to teach and train your child to ask questions as often as possible.
Asking questions was one of the many first things that I taught my daughter when she was a child. I remember once she asked me why her shadow was always following her. I was amazed at how observant as well as how inquisitive she was. Even now, her husband comments that she always asks questions about this and about that.
Asking questions activates brain cells, and thereby instrumental in promoting brain development and enhancing intelligence. Encourage your smart child to ask questions.
Remember, as adults, we have utilized less than 20 percent of our brain cells; there is still plenty of room left for enhancement. All in all, wisdom is the mental capability to see the truths through self-intuition.
Being clever or intelligent, on the other hand, is the capability to acquire appropriate and relevant knowledge, and then apply it to solving problems in everyday life situations. If you are clever, you may have acquired the skills to put things together because you are quick to learn and understand how things work. However; being clever or intelligent does not necessarily mean that you must be wise. Being knowledgeable means knowing what to do, and being wise means knowing when and how to do it in different circumstances to suit one’s unique self and purpose.
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LEARNING ENGLISH WISDOM
Learning the Different Types of Sentences
The simple sentence
The simple sentence is made up of a subject and a predicate (a verb, or a verb + noun/adjective/adverb/preposition etc. to complete the sentence).
e.g. The woman (subject) went (predicate) to Mexico.
e.g. Washington D.C. (subject) is (predicate) the capital of the United States.
Identifying the subject and the predicate helps you in subject-predicate agreement.
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Writing is a daily and lifelong communication skill.
You communicate with others via emails, letters, reports, academic writing etc. You also communicate with others through conversation, oral presentations, and speeches.
To master that skill, you need wisdom to empower your mind with knowledge and information, as well as to apply it to your everyday writing and speaking.
To learn and master a language is never easy, especially if that language is not your first language.
THE WISDOM FROM BOOKS
To live your life in this material world as if everything is a miracle, you need wisdom -- self-intuited wisdom from your own life experiences, as well as the wisdom expressed and experienced by others in their books.
If you are wise, you live a good, happy, and purposeful life.
THE BIBLICAL WISDOM
The Way to Biblical Wisdom
God’s omnipresence is a manifestation of His creations. Seeking God means we see His presence in everything around us, both visible and invisible. God’s mystery, on the other hand, is manifested only in His wisdom, expressed in the Bible.
In the Bible, Jesus is the personification of God’s wisdom. Only through Jesus can man come to know God’s wisdom.
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14: 6)
The Bible is the Word of God, and therefore a source of God’s wisdom through reading its verses. Reading the Bible can provide spiritual wisdom to many, which is necessary for their spiritual growth in order to understand and appreciate God’s wisdom.
Intent to Seek
First and foremost, the human mind must demonstrate its intent to seek God’s wisdom through specific knowledge of the Bible. In other words, the mind must be in a seeking-and-learning mode to grow in the knowledge of God.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29: 13)
Seeking Biblical Knowledge
God’s wisdom is freely available to all through the Bible. Seeking Biblical knowledge will reveal God’s wisdom to man because the Holy Spirit is within all of us to reveal it to us.
Growing in the Knowledge
Growing in the knowledge of God through reading the Bible is transformative because God is more than happy to communicate His knowledge to us if we are willing to receive it. Jesus assures us:
“’Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7: 7)
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Essentials of Effective Writing
Effective writing begins with a desire not only to write but also to write well. Desire galvanizes your efforts to improve your writing skill no matter what.
There is no formula for success in writing. The key to success is “practice, practice, practice.” After all, writing is a skill; like any other skill, you must practice it before you can master it. You learn from your mistakes, and practicing writing improves your writing. If you write everyday, you will become a more competent and proficient writer. If you learn the mechanics and techniques of writing, your writing will become more effective. It is just a matter of time. And it is just that simple.
Writing is a learning experience for all. Anybody who wants to write learns how to write. One learns how to write by writing-just as one learns how to walk by walking. Everybody can write, as long as the heart is willing to learn and master the skill of writing.
However, to be a good writer, you must possess certain innate qualities:
An interest in words-the subtle shades of meaning between words; the power of words; the sound and rhythm of words
A knowledge of and passion for the subject-writing what you love and loving what you write
A creative mind-the creativity to visualize with vivid imagination, and to see things from different perspectives; the ability to see the relationship of the whole to its various parts
Personal discipline-time set aside to write, to re-write, to edit, and to re-edit
Willingness to learn and to improve-mastering basic writing skill through repeated practice and editing
Remember this: failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
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