I was actually able to wake up that one day at 5:30AM.
I got some kind of bug over the weekend which totally knocked me out of the new routine I was trying to make.
It was much more challenging than I thought. It’s 6:40AM right now.
If possible I would like to continue to wake up earlier and earlier.
1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting, with strife.
Peace and quiet > Riches with Anger
2 A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
Prudent servants > Nepotism.
3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
but the Lord tests the heart.
God tests the heart. God tests us to help us know where we stand. He already knows where we stand.
4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;
a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
A liar pays attention to liars.
5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
Love everyone. Everyone is created by God.
6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children.
Children are the pride of their parents.
7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—
how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
Tell the truth to the ruler and eloquence is for the wise.
8 A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;
they think success will come at every turn.
Bribes can be useful but are not always successful.
9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
Foster love to cover wrong doing.
10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person
more than a hundred lashes a fool.
Rebukes only work on the discerning.
11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God;
the messenger of death will be sent against them.
Evildoers will get what they deserve.
12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool bent on folly.
Keep away from people who are foolish.
13 Evil will never leave the house
of one who pays back evil for good.
Stay away from people who pay back evil for good.
14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
Drop matters before a dispute breaks out.
15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
the Lord detests them both.
Condemn the guilty and acquit the innocent.
16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
when they are not able to understand it?
God will not give money to fools. Purchase wisdom.
17 A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
A brother is born through adversity.
18 One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge
and puts up security for a neighbor.
Avoid putting up pledges for neighbors.
19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;
whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.
Loving quarreling = sin. Building high gates invite destruction.
20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper;
one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.
If you are willing to act dishonestly for money you will not prosper. If you lie you will fall into trouble.
21 To have a fool for a child brings grief;
there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.
If a parent raises a fool there will be no joy.
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Cheerful hearts are a good medicine. Cheerful hearts are from God.
23 The wicked accept bribes in secret
to pervert the course of justice.
Wicked accept bribes in secret.
24 A discerning person keeps wisdom in view,
but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
Keep wisdom in view.
25 A foolish son brings grief to his father
and bitterness to the mother who bore him.
A wise son bring happiness to his father and goodness to his mother.
26 If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good,
surely to flog honest officials is not right.
Do good for those who do their work well.
27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,
and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
People of understanding are knowledgeable, use words with restraint, and are even-tempered.
28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
and discerning if they hold their tongues.
Let your words be few. Listen more.
I was supposed to be attending a workshop about Metacognition: Learning how to learn. I got sick mid way through it and was not able to complete it. What’s interesting is that if you are silent and listen you will be able to add value to whoever is speaking.
Action Item: Learn to listen even more deeply.