Ancient wisdom from the Book of Proverbs is guiding us through this Age of Covid with the help of my color code system. Some sayings simply describe how the world works and I code these yellow, for example this one:
Those who are attentive to a matter will prosper.
That sounds like good common sense. But what does it mean in practice? To understand what the wisdom teachers are advising us to do we need to look at what the wise and the fool do differently. The wise are people who live in accord with the way the world has been designed to work. I code sayings that describe what they do blue, including this rather detailed instruction:
Prepare your work outside,
Get everything ready for you in the field;
And after that build your house.
It turns out that the attentiveness that prospers takes the form of planning. The idea here is similar to a more recent proverb: “Measure twice, cut once”. It’s a matter of knowing exactly what you want before you move on to create it. Proverbs sums it up this way (note the repeated emphasis on planning):
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance.
The fool takes a different approach which produces less satisfactory results. In a verse that follows the one about the value of thoughtful planning, Proverbs offers an insight I code orange, the color of the fool:
Everyone who is hasty comes only to want.