Week Three with Melody Ross
Your Sacred Box of Wisdom
Melody Ross and her sister have helped a lot of women all over the world to find a supportive sisterhood by means of symposiums through the Brave Girls University. Please check out Melody’s blog – The Brave Girls Club.
This week’s lesson with Melody Ross was about getting in touch with all the wisdom we have accumulated in our life just by living, being, and doing.
The exercise was very deep in that we would write down the wisdom in our life and how we came to that wisdom by our experiences, whether good or bad, and what we learned from them.
I chose instead to create a project with a box full of books where I have found wisdom. Books like The Bible, the Book of Life, and books written by other influential people. I appreciate all forms of wisdom and I celebrate by sharing some of the words with you that I find have helped me grow and heal my life.
This time I made a girl with a different hairdo than what I usually create. I started out with an 11×14 watercolor page and after coloring the page and the girl, I then created the background by collaging with a napkin that had the same colors.
I first drew her with a big smile, but I couldn’t get her teeth right. She looked like a hillbily, so I opted to give her some smile marks around her mouth.
In order to do this project, I did some research on the word Wisdom.
“Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight.”
You can see I titled some of the books – Life, Expriences, Holy Bible, and one of Maya Angelou’s biobraphical books – The Heart of a Woman. I couldn’t include all the books and all the authors who have inspired me so much in my life. I would have loved to have included some of the inspiring quotes I love, but I would need many, many more pages.
The box is also collaged with a napkin and outlined with a marker.
I did, however, include a couple of quotes from the Bible. On the top is from the Book of Proverbs, “Widsdom is the most important thing, so acquire wisdom. And with all you acquire, acquire understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7)
The title of my page Wisdom is from an image I found on Google. Here you can see a closeup of some the words that have to do with acquired wisdom.
The second quote is also from the Book of Proverbs: “Happy is the man (or woman) who finds wisdom. And the man who acquires discernment.” (Proverbs 3:13)
Before I close, I want to share some quotes about Wisdom I found while doing my research.
“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”
― Maya Angelou
“It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.”
― Maurice Switzer
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
― Mother Teresa
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
― Oprah Winfrey
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
― Albert Einstein
“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
“Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens”
― Jimi Hendrix
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.”
― Thomas Jefferson
“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.”
― Anne Bradstreet
“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
“Sometimes it’s not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don’t mean.”
― Bob Dylan
“Lost Time is never found again.”
― Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack
Until next time, my friends, think and act wisely.