… Or “Nature as Therapy.”

I am blessed to have the friendship of some people in my life who have a LOT more life’s experience than I do.  Interestingly enough, they seem to be far wiser than a lot of other folks in my life.  I wondered why that was and came to this realization: intelligence doesn’t equal wisdom and neither does experience.  Wisdom is the result of filtering the lessons you learn from bad experience through the knowledge you’ve gained.  Most bad experience immediately follows bad judgment, so wisdom is actually the refinement of judgment through the analysis of bad experience.  Interesting…

Keeping that in mind, I recently had a conversation with a gentleman who has more life’s experience than I do and who has intelligently applied the proper analysis to gain wisdom.  He is kind in sharing this wisdom and, believe me, I do all I can to pay attention.  As part of the conversation he asked me whether my Sunday breakfast would be before church or after church.  Now, knowing that this man is a diligent attendee of services at his church, I felt ashamed for the first time in a long time to admit to him that I don’t go to church.  The look on his face made it clear that he didn’t understand that but he didn’t ask, “Why not?” in any judgmental fashion.  He just accepted my statement; a statement I felt needed explanation only because of the respect I hold for this man.

So I explained to him my last experience with church…

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