In Proverbs 24:30-32, Solomon writes:
I went by the field of the lazy man,
And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;
And there it was, all overgrown with thorns;
Its surface was covered with nettles;
Its stone wall was broken down.
When I saw it, I considered it well;
I looked on it and received instruction.
I love this passage, not just for the message about diligence, which is timeless, but also for the reminder that all around us are lessons to be learned, if only we would take the time to see them and consider them.
Of course, first we need to see them.
We need to observe people.
We need to take notice of the principles that we can learn from nature, children and literature.
We need to look up from our phones and be more aware of our surroundings.
And then we need to take the time to consider.
In silence and without distraction, ask yourself:
“What does that mean?”
“How does that apply to me?”
“What should/shouldn’t I be doing as a consequence?”
You can pay extravagant amounts of money for courses and seminars, or you can take more notice of the world around you for free.
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