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Written by Karen D. Swim
There are some things that are timeless, like wisdom, manners and the little black dress. I was reminded of this as I read the following passage today from The Prophet, written by Kahlil Gibran. Gibran died in 1931 yet his words are relevant more than 70 years later.
“No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”
Wise teachers encourage you to think, analyze, question. They sow the ground that fertilizes self discovery allowing you to unlock your own wisdom. This is also the mark of a great leader, one who leads not rules, who inspires rather than dominates. A great leader does not require followers for he or she follows their own wisdom.
In our modern age we have access to vast amounts of information, knowledge and advice. We can reach across the miles and seek help from experts and leaders. Yet, the answers are not out there. The information and advice provide pieces of the puzzle, a blueprint if you will but it all leads back to the threshold of your own mind. Only you can define how to apply (or not) the advice to your life. Only you can determine if it aligns with your purpose, passion and values. Today, I hope you have the courage to step up to that threshold and follow your own internal compass.
What do you think of Gibran’s words? Do you have any timeless advice or tips to share? Y It’s fun to learn from one another, so please join in by adding your thoughts in the comment box. Your opinions are welcomed here.
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