Monday, 13 April 2015

Knowledge - Day 11 of A to Z Blogging Challenge - Things I Love

'My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge' - The Bible - Hosea 4 verse 6.

'Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile' - Abu Bakr.

The word 'knowledge' can perhaps get a bit of a bad press. For example - 'He/she's such a know it all'. And sometimes people can come across as arrogant if they know more than the average Joe.

However - the bottom line for me is this - I believe at least some suicides could be prevented and people would be able to deal with difficult emotions a little better, if only they knew the tools they needed that could help make their lives work.

We are so blinded to the truths about life throughout our school years, and by the time we grow up, most of us have no idea about money, relationships, how to face emotions, how to love ourselves and how our thoughts affect us. Consequently, a lot of people deal with things through excessive consumption of alcohol or food (I am certainly guilty of the latter one), through antidepressants, or they unload onto other people in the hope that someone else will make them better. Whilst it's absolutely right and important to get help from other people at times, no one else is ultimately going to make you feel whole. Emotional immaturity is rife in the UK and, probably, much of the world. I think the school system has a lot to answer for in this respect, but that's another matter for another time.

If you don't know how to face a particular situation, panic is likely to be the outcome. I had this for a number of years. We need knowledge, we need tools - sometimes we can't deal with things through our own wisdom. For sure, I feel so grateful for the things I have learnt - I would probably be absolutely screwed right now if I hadn't received some of the knowledge I have. Whilst one person's truth might be different to another's, there are some things which I believe are universal truths and could work for anyone.

Meditation and walking works for me. I don't do yoga at the moment, but I know some people who swear by it. Other people feel great comfort in calling upon the angels or a mystical being. The things that have really helped me along my journey are:

Reading books is important too! Photo from
Certainly, the thing that has had the biggest impact on my way of thinking is the concept of living in the present moment. Most people are focused either on past or future, or are not happy with life as it is.
Accepting emotional pain - no situation improves by fighting or resisting it. This is a hard one to grasp, because it seems natural that fighting against a situation will cause it to go away - but even if it does go away, it will come back, and often with greater intensity. Sometimes it is difficult if not impossible to accept a particular situation, so then you have to accept that, right now, you are unable to accept this thing, and just do your best to be at peace with life itself, rather than the situation.
Bottling emotions doesn't work. If it was more socially acceptable to 'let off steam' and to be vulnerable from time to time, I have little doubt this world would be a better. Men, in particular, suffer from the social stigma around emotions. Sometimes, you can't change the way you feel, without crying or allowing yourself to feel the pain.
You are not your mind. Descartes didn't help when he coined the phrase 'I think, therefore I am'. Who you truly are is beyond the sum of your thoughts. That's another topic for another time ..

Whilst I sometimes find it hard to put what I know into action, I am very lucky to be able to know what I know <3

One Love

1 comment:

  1. Hello there.
    We don't have to look too far to find answers to life's big questions such as:
    * What is the meaning of life?
    * Is God to blame for our suffering? and
    * What happens when we die?
    God has provided the perfect "manual"...His Word, the Bible (Proverbs 2:3-5). The world's knowledge puffs up and is foolishness with God (1 Corinthians 3:19; 8:1, 2). True wisdom can only come from Jehovah, that's God's personal name (Psalms 83:18; Proverbs 2:6).
    Enjoy the rest of the challenge! Thanks for sharing.

    Entrepreneurial Goddess


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