Intelligence should be used as a tool not a weapon. Intelligence is as common as silica and can be used to do anything, so, why not as a helping hand, lifeline, foothold? Intelligence doesn’t preclude ignorance, arrogance or stupidity. Nor does it eliminate selfishness, greed or anarchy. Intelligence is not a substitute for wisdom and cannot hold a candle to kindness. Intelligence makes things possible, help and hurt; intention makes the decision. Intelligence is like a hand full of sand.
Pair your books for companionship.
Never juggle knives and butter at the same time
or you will just spread your problems around.
Passing on the knives is the first best idea,
leaving the butter in the dish is the second.
I have gotten many funny schemes into my brain;
gotten them in with ease,
it is the getting them out of my brain I struggle with.
Crowbars and coercion have been my favored tools;
ineffective though they may be, I am persistent,
while wishing to be dexterous.
It took me years to realize the problem with juggling is
that it begins with me throwing things
and ends with disaster if I can’t catch it all.
What slips through my fingers
through daily living is hard enough
what I throw into the fray for showmanship is, too much.
I needn’t be the fool flinging my pins
when my goal is to stay on them.
You are reading selections from Sober on the Way to Sane and More Lines From My Life by Sherrie Theriault