Saturday, October 23, 2010

Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.
~ Doug Larson

Too often I find myself in "situations" of my own making.   But happily, there's no short supply of Wisdom waiting to be had ... if we only ask with an open heart. 

A dear friend recently shared this little parable.  Please enjoy!  

Time and Wisdom

Once upon a time there was an island where all feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love. One day it was announced that the island would sink. So all repaired their boats and left.

Love was the only one who stayed. Love wanted to persevere until the last possible moment. When the island was almost sinking, Love decided to ask for help.

Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said, "Richness, can you take me with you?" Richness answered, "No, I can’t. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is not place here for you."

Love decided to ask Vanity, who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel. "Vanity, please help me!"

"I can’t help you, Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat." Vanity answered.

Sadness was close by so Love asked for help. "Sadness, let me go with you." Love pleaded.  But she replied, "Oh, Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!" Happiness passed by Love, too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her!

Suddenly a voice said, "Come, Love, I will take you!"

It was an elder of Love. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that he even forgot to ask the elder her name. When they arrived on dry land, the elder went her own way.

Love, realizing how much he owed the elder, asked Knowledge, another elder, "Who helped me?"

"It was Time." Knowledge answered.

"Time?" asked Love. "But why did Time help me?"

Knowledge smiled with deep Wisdom and answered. "Because only with Time and Wisdom are you capable of understanding how great Love is."

~ Author Unknown


  1. "love is the only one who stayed" so true. Enjoyed reading and thanks for sharing.
    Hope you weekend is restful.

  2. Wow, what a terrific, thoughtful post. Well worth sharing! Relax, and enjoy your weekend...time heals all they say.

  3. Well, that has me pondering--thanks for the pause. Good read. Have a great rest of the weekend.

  4. Wonderful! This is a keeper and so true. Need to visit "P" places!

  5. Oh, that is so great! Thanks for sharing it this Spiritual Sunday. Since I live on an island, this analogy has even more meaning for me.

  6. I love this. thanks for sharing it. ☺

  7. That was a beautiful story - and love stayed. sandie

  8. What an interesting story! Have a good week.

  9. I loved this story, it was nice reading it.
    God Bless,

  10. Great story! There is a lot to think about here. Thank you and have a great week even on your commutes. I look forward to reading what you write about your time of getting to and from work. I have come to know that you have an "interesting" mind and in my eyes, live an interesting life.

  11. Thank you for sharing this lovely thought provoking poem. I love it.

  12. Such a lovely post. We all benefit so much from Spiritual Sunday's. Have a blessed week.

  13. Thank you for sharing this beautiful thought provoking story. Blessings...


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