“Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.”~ William Wordsworth

The wounds and pain that we suffer are the very experiences that provide us with information to navigate as we progress along the winding path of life.  It has been said that the bamboo reed growing in the wetlands must be cut, carved and smoothed in order to make sweet music.  This is not only true of the reed but of us as well.  The wounds that we receive can serve to define us in ways that allow our own unique music to play while assisting and inspiring others.  They should never be seen as cuts that have left us unattractive.

Most of us think that we know everything when we are thirty only to find at fifty that we know almost nothing.  My grandfather used to say; “Too soon old…Too late smart.” When we finally recognize that our experiences can be used to benefit those who struggle with their own distress and suffering, our lives will take on a new dimension.  The fullness of understanding and real wisdom will follow.  We will begin to intuitively know what to do and what to say when people ask our advice and counsel.  While intelligence is something with which we might be endowed at birth, true wisdom only comes with time and age.

Robert Kenneth Jones

Robert Kenneth Jones

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Robert Kenneth Jones is an innovator in the treatment of addiction and childhood abuse.

In a career spanning over four decades, his work helping people recover from childhood abuse and addiction has earned him the respect of his peers.

His blog, An Elephant for Breakfast, testifies to the power of the human spirit to overcome the worst of life’s difficulties. We encourage you to visit and share this rich source of healing, inspiration and meditation.

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