The content of my weekly blogs is drawn primarily from ancient Hebrew wisdom literature, while the 2020 format was inspired by James Clear’s “3-2-1” Thursdays. Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each week you will receive One Pillar/Proverb, One Principle and One Practical.
“Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens…?”
I was overseas for most of this past week on a work assignment and travelled home on February 29, 2020. Yes, I spent some of this extra day that comes every four years, in the air. I was fortunate to catch a bit of the sunrise and a splendid view of the clouds. It was a breathtaking sight! The clouds were spread out beautifully across the skies, too many to count. The view took me back to the story of Job which is told in Old Testament Wisdom Literature. It is here we find one of many rhetorical questions: who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
I was reminded of how miniscule I am in the broader scheme of things. Even the idea of how we get one extra day every four years is a brain-teaser. It all compels me to think of my need to walk humbly every day before my Creator and my fellow man. I couldn’t begin to count the clouds. I don’t have the power to make the rain fall. I simply get to make a contribution, and hopefully a meaningful one, in a universe whose expanse is vast, magnificent and awe-inspiring.
Find some time this coming week to interact with nature. Step outdoors and watch the clouds or even go to a mountaintop, garden or seaside if any is within reach. Be still, reflect on the beauty that surrounds you and make a commitment to walk in humility every day.
To learn more about these pillars of personal excellence, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.