Thursday, January 25, 2007

who is in your circle of the wise . . .

"The next best thing to be wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are." C.S. Lewis

Of course you can't be a Willow teacher without being Coveyized. And Stephen Covey writes a great deal about your Circle of Influence. But when I came across this C.S. Lewis quote a few days ago, I flipped my thoughts to who is in my "circle of the wise." Rather than influencing, who am I gleaning information from? Who is influencing me? Who is in my circle of the wise where I can find understanding, knowledge, even acceptance of my intellect and desires?

My friend Joe in my writer's group told me a story the other day about legendary rocker Jerry Garcia. As the Dead were touring in the 70's throughout America's southwest, Jerry would often, after numerous shows, find the local hangout where local bands were finishing up their gigs. Interrupting a set, Jerry would ask to join in, following the lead guitarist and vocalist rather than taking center stage. A talented musician, Jerry could play just about any stringed instrument. His new friends stayed up all night performing impromptu jam sessions with him and when asked about this, Jerry said, "I want to be surrounded by people who love music and who make me a better musician...and this is where I find them."

Connecting with and to those who have positive influences on you can enrich your life and engage you toward leading a more productive lifestyle, no matter what path you choose.

Jerry Garcia's circle of the wise encouraged creativity and the pursuit of pleasure in doing what you love. And that does make a difference!