A lot of people want to be wise. But they dispute what wisdom means. Some people think wise individuals have lots of money and a strong work ethic. If you examine such individuals, most of them report that they are not peaceful and fulfilled, despite their large portfolios. They are stressed out daily. This is not what wisdom fully means. A wise person is content and at peace with themselves. They have what they need, but not so much that they forget where it comes from.
An ancient practitioner of Jewish wisdom, or Kabbalah, once observed, “A wise person avoids all extremes.” In our day and age, it is considered wisdom to work 10 hours a day, commute 2 hours a day, and have a superficial and showy religious life. If you ask the people who do this if they are content with themselves, they will report that they are hoping for something better, but are staunchly unwilling to alter their current behavior. This is the downside of becoming wise. You have to choose to become alone. There are two major types of fools in our day. One fool does nothing. The other fool tries to do everything, and fails. Do not be either.
This narrow path of wisdom is not fun. Many times, your extremely foolish friends will criticize you for being the opposite extreme. You will answer, and attempt to explain, and they will not listen. Do not give into the temptation to become an extremist once more, for if you do, you will lose the new found peace that being a moderate brings.
If you are curious about how to become wiser in your daily life, working smarter, not harder, than the Kabbalah Centre is the place for you to visit. The Kabbalah Centre is a nonsectarian organization. The Kabbalah Centre exists to help people like you find the peace and healing that you need in life. We walk through the ancient Jewish wisdom literature to help you see the mental and spiritual blocks that are keeping you from becoming the person you are supposed to be.