Standing in the Stream

“Knowledge knows that a tomato is a fruit,

Wisdom is not putting it in fruit salad”[1]

Knowledge is knowing that righteousness is doing the right thing,

Wisdom is loving with whole mind, heart, and soul.

Life has often been thought of as a journey,

and we imagine it as a path or road.

Suppose it is more like a river or stream –

to be happy we go along with the flow.

Unconcerned about being on either shore

and unable to control the turbulence,

we can stay afloat and maintain our true course

by focusing on the current here and now.

Of course, we must be prepared without a plan,

aware of our surroundings, and attentive

to our purpose in navigating the way,

turning distractions into indifference.

Knowledge and wisdom are very different –

indeed, “You cannot stand in the same stream twice”[2]

Knowledge is knowing to serve the common good,

Wisdom is loving our neighbor with God’s love.


[1] Miles Kingston

[2] Heraclitus

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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