Intellect, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“Our intellections are mainly perspective…Each truth that a writer acquires is a lantern which he instantly turns full on what facts and thoughts lay already in his mind, and behold, all the mats and rubbish which had littered his garret become precious. Every trivial fact in his private biography becomes an illustration of this new principle, revisits the day, and delights all men by its piquancy and new charm. Men say, where did he get this? and think there was something divine in his life. But no; they have myriads of facts just as good, would they only get a lamp to ransack their attics withal…We are all wise. The difference between persons is not in wisdom but in art…”
I could go on, but I won’t. My encouragement this morning, though, is to light the lamp and start ransacking the attic of my mind, digging for that precious gold: our treasure of stories, wisdom that we have gleaned based on experience, or non-wisdom!
Please excuse me, I need to light my lantern now…