Wisdom isn't an old guy on the top of a mountain with a loin-cloth and waist-length hair.  Wisdom isn't an answer.  Wisdom is a question.  I went to see a shrink once.  And I was so disappointed that the shrink didn't have a big bag of answers.  I came to be very grateful for it later, that what they have is a big bag of questions.  You have the answers. Wisdom is the constant questioning of where you are. 

Billy Connolly


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    Pati August 8, 2011

    Thank you. I really needed to hear this πŸ™‚

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    Jennifer August 8, 2011

    My pleasure Pati. (I hope you heard it in his sing-songy brogue!)

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    lisahgolden August 8, 2011

    Love this.

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    Jennifer August 8, 2011

    Me. Too.

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    Marilyn August 9, 2011

    I can just ‘hear’ him saying this. This is excellent.
    Thanks so much for your comments on my blog. I need to ask you about your online writing course …course content, duration of course, type of assignments set, if suitable for me as I have never known how to write, costs etc. So many questions πŸ˜‰

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    Susannah August 9, 2011

    Wonderful and wise! Thanks for posting this. πŸ™‚

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    Jennifer August 9, 2011

    I’m glad you can “hear him” Marilyn – I think he is brilliant and wickedly funny, but his wonderful voice adds even more to the pleasure.
    My course is 14 weeks long – a week or two longer than “in-class” ones I have taught. I’ve no idea why – this is standard in the program. The focus is on “creative” non-fiction, and we cover different kinds of writing, such as travel, family stories, memoir, etc., depending on the week’s theme.
    My philosphy is that everyone has a goal, though, and I’m always open to whatever the person *wants* to write, and I structure the assignments so that they can be interpreted individually. It’s offered within a module called “Writing for Publication” – so there is some focus on the publishing side – though most of the emphasis is on writing – trying new things and just getting stories onto the page. Most weeks there is a short assignment, and there are always suggested activities people can do if they want. The weekly assigments are NOT expected to be perfect, they are meant to be (hopefully) fun and interesting and give the writer a chance to play and experiement.
    Here is the link to the course – it’s through an organization called Ontario Learn.
    Honestly, I’ve no idea how much it costs – and it may cost more for those outside of Ontario. You can contact them via email and find out. I did have an American friend take the course once. I would love to have you in it if you ever decided to! Later tonight (when I’m at home) I’ll send you the course outline.

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    Jennifer August 9, 2011

    It was my pleasure!

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    Reluctant Blogger August 9, 2011

    Great quote and I can hear him saying it too! Might use it myself if you don’t mind.

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    Jennifer August 9, 2011

    Why I don’t mind at all! πŸ™‚

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    Q. Squirrel August 9, 2011

    as a therapist and former patient I can say this is so very, very true of the best therapists. I might add that by asking good questions, we also always learn something new in the process.

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    Susan Tiner August 9, 2011

    I know this is true, but sometimes would give anything for answers. It’s possible to get sick of questions.

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    Jennifer August 9, 2011

    Well I’m really glad to hear you say this Q.

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    Jennifer August 9, 2011

    Well sure, it’s certainly true for me. I also wonder if we get sick of the questions because the answers are sitting, tethered, for too long. (?)

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    Selma August 10, 2011

    A to the MEN. Tell it like it is, Billy. This is just so true. Love it!

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    Jennifer August 10, 2011

    Love it too. As my friend Pat said, “Billy is feckin’ brilliant.”

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