On Wisdom

Categories Life, Self, Words

“Am I wise?” I asked the Sky.

Can you balance dark and light? Hold within you the vast potential of the future?

“Am I wise?” I asked the Sea.

Can you wash away just enough of the past to refresh yet leave a lasting impression?

“Am I wise?” I asked the Earth.

Can you take root and cling to what gives strength?

“Am I wise?” I asked the Wind.

Can you take flight when your time comes? Touch all else around you?

“Am I wise?” I asked my Self. “I have much yet to learn….”

Knowing this is wisdom.


This post was inspired by the May 18 Flash Fiction Challenge at Carrot Ranch Communications.

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a wise story. It can be about wisdom, expressing wisdom or advice for turning 50! It can be a wise-cracking story, too. Go where wisdom leads you.

Lisa A. Listwa is a self-employed writer with experience in education, publishing, and the martial arts. Believing there was more to life than punching someone else’s time clock and inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, she traded her life as a high school educator for a life as a writer and hasn’t looked back. She is mother to one glorious handful of a daughter, wife to the nicest guy on the planet, and reluctant but devoted owner of three Rotten Cats. You can find her adventures and thoughts on living life deliberately here on the blog.

8 thoughts on “On Wisdom

  1. Wise as hell, Lisa. Love this post. There’s so much value in knowing how much you don’t know, and also, I’ve discovered, in not believing we have to learn it all.

    1. Hey you! Thanks.
      I absolutely agree that we don’t need to know all. It’s OK to say “I don’t know.” I think we often feel we are obligated to have all the answers. We are uncomfortable admitting we don’t know something, but there’s nothing wrong with knowing we have more to learn. I don’t think I want to know everything…what’s left after that?

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