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Finding the Divine in the Details

The art of knowing what to overlook

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“The art of wisdom is the art of knowing what to overlook.”

When I turned over this quote of William James’ on my calendar, it struck a chord. I think a lot about how I can respond to life more consciously. It’s too easy to default to the fight-or-flight reaction that a barrage of “urgent” messages can prod us into, whether they’re coming from network news or our overfull inboxes.

To achieve quality of life, we sometimes have to follow James’ wisdom about NOT reacting, letting things go by — even doing nothing. One neighbor’s experience provides an example of how much trouble we can save ourselves when we do.

DSCF3570   BoomerCafe graciously gave me the space to share this story this week.

You can read the rest at: http://www.boomercafe.com/2013/08/12/the-story-of-how-a-skunk-became-a-symbol-of-baby-boomer-wisdom/

The story is excerpted from Life at First Sight: Finding the Divine in the Details. Find more information about that at:


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