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Sonia’s article in the September Diary August 28, 2017

Posted by nicholastufton in The Diary Monthly letter.
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The holiday season is over. For children and their teachers it is “back to school”. Hopefully, you will have had some time to become refreshed and perhaps you have been able to gain a clearer perspective on the priorities of your life. It’s often only when we are away from the day-to-day that we can gain insights into how we could best spend our time. Exercising wisdom can be differentiating between the important, the urgent, and the urgently important, which you should probably have done before you went away! Wisdom, a synthesis of experience, knowledge, and good judgement, often best recognised in hindsight.

In Ancient Greek mythology, Athena was the goddess of wisdom and of military victory. She is often depicted with a helmet, spear and shield, the imagery of which was adopted for Britannia, as depicted on our coins. She first appeared on coinage on these shores under the Roman Emperor, Hadrian. She was revived in the C.18th holding a trident, representing British naval power, and has survived to appear on the 50 pence piece. Wisdom and warfare represented by a woman.

In the Bible, the spirit of wisdom gets a good press. A proverb states that, honouring God is the beginning of wisdom. Also, “Trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths”. Of course, we can all develop our levels of wisdom, but both Jews and Christians have found it enhanced by including God in our ruminations before coming to a decision.

There is a need for all of us, from time to time, to go “back to school”. To realise that wisdom begins when we can acknowledge that we don’t know it all and that we may have to juggle conflicting pressures and come up with the best or least-worst solution. Consulting God can help. If you don’t think you know how to pray, you can start with, “God please help!”.

Many blessings

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