Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put a tomato in a fruit salad. You most likely have more wisdom than you realize. Chronic illness, pain, and trauma eat away at our confidence in knowing that we have wisdom. Is it time to dig up your wisdom?
When you put together a fruit salad, do you think twice about what belongs in it? Most likely not. Most likely you have the basic knowledge of a fruit salad. Most likely you would not add tomatoes. That wisdom is just inside you. You don’t have to dig it up, you don’t have to question it, you don’t have to consult with another to know that most likely you are not going to put tomatoes in a fruit salad. You have that wisdom already in you.
What other chunks of wisdom are in you?
Walking through chronic illness can diminish one’s ability to see that they have any wisdom. We can start to question ourselves on every decision and every thought because life seems to get turned upside down through these seemingly endless struggles.
Reminding ourselves that we do have some wisdom inside of us can be something positive to do while we fight our battles of illness and trauma.
If you don’t know you have any wisdom inside of you, start with a fruit salad. What would you choose to put in it? Get to the grocery store (or ask for help) and get some nourishing wisdom.
Pick as many fruits that you desire.
One hint: Buy an extra orange to cover your salad with fresh orange juice. The juice blends it all together.
Go home and put together your fruit salad. Enjoy making the creation.
Then set the table adding your fruit salad bowl.
Turn off the noise, the computers, the phones, the ugly thoughts — which turn OFF digestion, metabolism, and assimilation.
Turn on your favorite music, your happy thoughts, and a smile — which turn ON digestion, metabolism, and assimilation.
Take a deep breath and ponder on the wisdom that is already in you that needs to be dug up. Enjoy every bite of your fruit salad without tomatoes. And if you are one who actually likes tomatoes in fruit salad, then enjoy the wisdom of knowing you are unique and glorious.
Do you clearly know you have personal wisdom inside of you?
Maribeth Baxter, MBEC (Certified Mind-Body Eating Coach)
Donations are accepted to serve others on their chronic illness journey. Maribeth Baxter, MBEC provides voluntary certified health coaching services to the financially limited during their time of crisis.