My senior year in college, I took a course called Thinking Intelligently. I did poorly in it on purpose and not on purpose.
Let me back track. For 3 1/2 years, I took a minimum of 18 credit hours each semester. I took summer courses and at my school they offered January ‘winterim’ courses after the holiday and before the next semester began. I took one then. Needless to say, I was a FULLer than FULL time student. I was trying to be thinking intelligently. I wanted a lot of knowledge so I could get a really great job after school.
I also worked. I was a resident assistant for two years. A full time job in and of itself. I also had two (sometimes three) other part time jobs at any given time during school. And, back then, I typed (ha!) other students papers for money. I was trying to be thinking intelligently and pay for college along the way.
So, by my senior spring, except for my senior project and two nagging general education courses, I could have graduated. This was by plan because I wanted to play! I only had 12 credits to complete all my course work (my major, my 30 credit minor, and my two specialties). I completed half of those credits in the first half of the semester so I could REALLY play in the spring! The other two credits were a basic math class (one I could have completed in 9th grade) and the last course I needed was, you guessed, a little itty bitty entry level philosophy course called Thinking Intelligently ~ how hard could that be? I was thinking intelligently. I knew I was going to enter the ‘real world’ soon and I wanted to play.
I graduated with an A- average. Not bad, right? Well, the only C I received in college was in the course called Thinking Intelligently. I didn’t plan that and my family has not let me live it down. But, I certainly did plan and play my senior spring and I own that “C” happily!
Why am I writing this? Because, now close to 30 years after graduating, I realize that Thinking Intelligently is not found in books, it’s not found in any classroom. Thinking Intelligently is found deep within your own spirit ~ thinking intelligently is about embracing your soul. It’s found by taking time to know what your deepest desires are and gain the clarity of vision to THINK INTELLIGENTLY to follow that path forward. Embracing the 4 elements (see previous post) allows you to do that. Combining the inner wisdom of all aspects of you (mind, emotions, spirit and physical) by using the elements (air, water, fire and earth).
So find a spot like this one and embrace your inner spirit and listen to what your soul is telling you today!
What do you do to listen to your inner wisdom? What ways do you connect with the 4 elements to nurture that?