Monday, September 11, 2017

Wisdom, Then, Is The Thing - Clichés To Live By

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker


More knowledge means better ideas!
What’s the difference between a cliché and a Holy Cliché? Plenty!

“The more clearly you understand yourself and your emotions,
the more you become a lover of what is.” Baruch Spinoza

Cliché (from the French): a phrase, expression, or idea that has been overused to the point of losing its intended force or novelty, especially when at some time it was considered distinctively forceful or novel.

The Holy Cliché is one that maintains its integrity, meaning, grit, and truth. For instance:
  • Knowledge is power. Inquisitiveness can ultimately lead you to wisdom. Continue learning every day. Listen closely, even to the winds.  I know another cliché is 'Curiosity killed the cat,' but 'Finding out brought him back.' (If this was Facebook, I'd insert a Smiley Face here.) You rarely hear that part of it. “A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after awhile, [they] know something.” Wilson Mizner
  • It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Your most intimate relationship is, first, with yourself and your own thoughts, then with others. To establish the most powerful relationships, follow this suggestion: Don’t make them wrong. They worry about what others think. They are all self-serving first (just like you!). A sure way to the hearts of others is to allow them to realize in some subtle way that you sincerely recognize their importance. “Love cannot remain by itself—it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.” Mother Teresa 
No matter how seemingly small the amount of compassion you extend, it can and will touch the world in ways that you won’t even begin to imagine. Consciously choose each day to increase your level of compassion even slightly. This is a most significant way for you to heal as well. And that is what Spirit calls you to do: heal and help, simple as that. 

As you increase your own knowledge and wisdom, it extends to the rest of us in subtle and not so subtle ways. As Proverbs 4:7 suggests, Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and in all thy getting, get understanding.

Clichés may seem common, ordinary, even overused. But sometimes they serve a great purpose. If they help you grow, why not use them, eh? You don't necessarily have to say them out loud. Just keep them in your heart. It'll be your little, and precious, secret.


Knowledge takes many forms. Be open to ALL of them.

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