Wisdom Sayings Are A Guide For the Heart

“Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided.”

A friend posted on Facebook yesterday. She “tagged” me (whatever that means). But it made me check it out. Then translate it.

This is an example of a Wisdom saying. It along the order of “Love grows when you give it away.” They are easy to say and forget. But they really should be pondered.

Jesus was fond of Wisdom sayings. He quoted Proverbs extensively. James (author of the general letter) also was in the Wisdom tradition. As it happens, I’m reading in Hebrews right now (end of chapter 3). That author says “Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind.”

You must “have” happiness in order to divide it (among others). Show it in your life. Envy and selfish ambition? Impediments to happiness. I have always found a smile is helpful even when I don’t feel like smiling (say at an airport when my flight is cancelled).

In this era of such divisiveness and hate in our society, we need to remember these Wisdom sayings. Not only remember, but live into them. Even when we fail (as I do far too often), we just need to refresh these and bring them into our lives afresh.

So, thanks for reminding me, “Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided.” Smile at someone today.

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