Proverbs and sayings often provide us with wise words from all corners of the world.
Best savoured a little at a time, I find there to be profound wisdom in the words and marvel at how they succinctly communicate messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures.
They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned.
Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.
Each Friday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
The WordPress community really is amazingly giving, as two bloggers have indirectly contributed to this week’s ‘Proverbial Friday’ post.
The proverb this week, comes from a book generously given to me, by LeggyPeggy.
Whilst short in length, this proverb originated in religious texts (NB. I am not at all religious), and yet it made me ponder the intrinsic nature of strength, versus wisdom.
“Wisdom is better than strength.” [Ecclesiastes]
Strength is often considered an asset in life. There are those who say, that the weak or submissive are left behind. We are encouraged to take the initiative, be on the front foot, be pro-active and assertive. We are warned that we might be left behind, cast aside in the wake of others in financial or intellectual achievement, in progress, or in personal growth. But this proverb made me stop and consider this a little deeper.
Should strength be the first and foremost goal? Should strength be valued at all? For strength without wisdom, can even be dangerous. History tells us that some leaders had strength but little wisdom.
What do you make of the proverb’s words?
The quote this week comes from a dear blogger friend, Ineke from Iscrap2, who recently published her memoir with these inspiring words, for parents, on the inside front page:
“The best thing you can give your children,
next to good habits,
are good memories”
– Sydney Harris
Do you agree with Sydney Harris? Or is there some other value, more important than habits and memories that parents should share with their children?
Join in the conversation and let me know your thoughts.
Now posting on Fridays
Some words to Ponder About