Maxim Monday: Be a Seeker of Wisdom

I feel like this one has been covered before in the Maxim series. But we always need nudges to remind us to seek wisdom, no?This is another Maxim that I think I've got covered. Once upon a time I was a seeker of knowledge. Until only recently I felt almost as though I could never get enough knowledge. I devoured books. I pursued degree programs. I wanted more. I was hungry for knowledge, and I hoarded it, like a book collectors stack books on shelves. (Until I moved to Wales I hoarded books, … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Speak Well of Everyone

This one is tricky. I don't like to gossip, although sometimes it feels good. I want to speak well of everyone, but sometimes people make it so hard to do!Sometimes other people are awful. Instead of speaking ill of them, I've been learning to communicate how I feel and what my experience has been. This allows others to come to their own conclusions, expresses the truth my experience, but can allow me more space to be compassionate toward some one who has treated me poorly. I can say "I do … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Fear deceit

Yes. While I don't want to cultivate fear in general, deceit is a particularly pernicious form of dishonesty, and it is worthy of fear.This year I have been involved in or have been witness to several relationships destroyed by deceit. In one case I'm not sure there was out-right lying involved, but one of the definitions of deceit is acts of subterfuge designed to obscure the truth, and I certainly experienced that. In some ways this is more painful than direct lying. That's clear-cut. But … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Give what you have

I don't think this Maxim is like the admonition from Jesus to turn the other cheek, to give even your coat to the person who wants your shirt. I think this Maxim is encouraging us to share what we have. If I have only a cup of food and some one asks for some, I can spare a bite.I don't think there is any virtue in starving one's self so that others may eat, but I do believe there is great benefit in sharing what we have. I live a life of abundance. I do not have first hand experience with … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Educate Your Sons

Yes! A Maxim I am excited about! I agree whole-heartedly agree that our sons need be educated. I believe in education, particularly one that involves wonder, creativity and critical thinking. Lets give our boys sciences, art, music, history, literature, maths, outdoor skills, virtues, and the abilities to express themselves.And let's of course give that to our daughters.Aside from academics, which I believe are for boys and girls, I'd like to talk about some things I aim to teach my own … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday

The next two Delphic maxims go together: have respect for suppliants and be accommodating in everything.Both of these maxims refer to requests. Putting the two together can be trickier than it might seem.A suppliant is a person who is asking something of you. It seems to have an air of an inferior, implying unequal power dynamics. At this point in my life, I've discovered that people who are asking me for something (beyond, hey can I borrow a pen?) are usually taking a step outside their … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Despise Insolence

Insolence is defined as rudeness and acts of disrespect. I always picture uptight old ladies clutching their pearls about the insolence of The Youth. I also remember myself at 12, talking back to my parents, and I have my 5-year-old practicing insolence with the best - "Mama, you don't know anything! You're wrong about EVERYTHING!"I find it hard to despise insolence, because that means rejecting myself and my kid. Insolence may be unacceptable in my house, but it certainly is worthy of … [Read more...]


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