In Chapter 15 we enter the fifth chapter of Solomon's discussions of Wisdom vs. Foolishness.
The Wise Speak the truth and learn from the teachings of the Father. The Foolish speak too much and his words are full of lies... The wise will reflect prior to replying to another...the wise listen to understand rather than listen to respond. Righteousness and Wisdom are the true stores of Wealth.
Solomon, you are becoming redundant. Not wrong...Just redundant. On the topic of Wisdom vs. Foolishness, we wholly agree. Today, I humbly ask permission to deviate from Solomon.
"A life of influence"
Today, I attended a funeral. Part of the eulogy included the accolade that the deceased "lead a live of influence." I have spent a good deal of time perseverating this phrase. I have come to the realization, All men (people) influence others. This inherent influence can be positive, negative, or somewhere in between. The direction and the magnitude of the influence cannot be left to chance. The Wise man will be intentional about the influence he has on others. Wisdom leads to Wisdom and the Wise attract the Wise...Likewise, a lifetime of poor choices, failures of discipline, and foolish thoughts will influence others to more of the same.
"You are the sum of the company you keep." I challenge everyone to put these nine words in the search bar of The Googles. I am amazed with the variety cultures and renown thinkers who have some version of this proverb. In short... The Wise man will be aware of the influence others have. The Wise man will surround himself with positive influences. The Wise seek The Wise and avoid the Foolish, the Sluggards, and those of poor discipline.
Be Wise My Friends.