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My journey as a writer began as a child, but my first published book came as a result of my ovarian cancer diagnosis. The title is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received three awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


I have shared my thoughts about serenity, change, and courage from the Serenity Prayer. We are called upon to have the wisdom to know the difference between the things we can and cannot change. Wisdom is defined as deep understanding and realization; the ability to discern inner qualities; and taking the best course of action based on knowledge and understanding. Some words associated with wisdom in the Bible are: humility, calmness, optimism, peace, healing, happiness, discipline, sincerity, impartiality, knowledge, understanding, and mercy.

One psychologist summarized that wisdom is difficult to define, but a person knows when they have it. As with other aspects of my life, I have found meditation and prayer to be the keys for me to know when I am making a wise decision. Somehow it feels right and I do not sense or see any roadblocks. For example, before I got cancer I thought I would choose alternative or complementary therapies. I was inspired by Suzanne Somers and others. Yet when I heard the words "...it was malignant," I knew that for me chemotherapy with complementary therapies was the right choice. I have always felt good about that decision and have no regrets. I had wisdom due to my years of experience with herbs, supplements, yoga, and healing modalities in addition to my experience and faith in traditional medicine.

I believe that if we are respectful and have a reverence for God, then wisdom is at work. So for me the most beautiful and meaningful part of the Serenity Prayer is its last line: And the wisdom to know the difference.

Please share your thoughts about wisdom, or examples of when you acted wisely. We can learn from each other.


Jim Tonjum said...

Wisdom- I am of the notion that wisdom is shared from person to person. I don't think wisdom is as practical when you gain it from books or other media sources. I can remember my Grandpa telling me to make sure that I have another job lined up before I quit my current job. I am sure that had I read these word out of a book it would not have had the dept and weight that it has coming from another person.

Karen Ingalls said...

Thank you for your insightful comment. Our role models, grandparents, parents, or whomever, can be wonderful sources to learn about wisdom, courage, choices, and serenity.