Wisdom.  Is there any left in this world?

I must admit I spent all of last Friday watching the Kavanaugh hearings.  Nine hours!  I was glued to it.  I could not pull myself away even though I tried to work as the hearings dragged on.  It was better than any reality TV show I had ever seen.

But unfortunately, it was real life and it was having a major impact on our country and on every individual whether they knew it or not.  History was in the making and I wasn’t about to miss a minute of it.

As the day progressed, I had this sucker punch feeling and wondered:  “Where is the wisdom?  Who are these people and how did they get control of our country?”

I wanted to pick up the phone and call my dad.  My dad was my go-to-guy when I needed to understand political battles.  He was a blue dog Democrat and he didn’t look, act or speak like those Democrats leading the hearing.  I couldn’t call him because he is in heaven.  And I was almost glad he wasn’t here.  He would be so ashamed of his party.

I also wanted to call my mentor, Charles “Red” Scott, to get his take on what was happening.  But, he, too, is in heaven.  Red was an amazing businessman and had come from poor beginnings and won the Horatio Alger Award.  He was smart, discerning and wise.  He and I could have sparred about the hearings and I am positive he would have a wise take on what was happening.

I did have other friends and fellow patriots texting, calling, emailing and posting social media texts and that kept me occupied and engaged with others who were glued to the hearings too.  There are many wise people in my world and unfortunately they don’t have the microphone!

Dr. Ford was done with her testimony and I was glad it was over.  Judge Kavanaugh was still answering questions and trying to clear his name.  The pain of his pain was deeply embedded in me.  It didn’t take me long to come to the conclusion that Dr. Ford was a mess of a woman and I could see right through her.  My gut and my years of experience with people like her solidified my take on her – she was not telling the truth.  I wondered why others could not see what I was seeing and those who thought she was credible had evidently not experienced what I had with women like her.  I know a messy soul when I see one and she was one heck of a messy soul.

As for Judge Kavanaugh, I saw a man who had come to the end of his rope.  A man ticked off.  A man who had worked long and hard to achieve his own success.  A man who was appalled at the allegations towards him.  A man who had a perfect record and now suddenly, a high school incident from 36 years ago (that he denied happened) might derail his life’s work  I hurt for him.  I could see the truth in him too. He was fighting accusations without any backup and it was so wrong.  All so wrong.  He was guilty until he could prove his innocence and that seemed so wrong to me.  And it was.  It’s not how our country works but for the Dems of this world, it’s how they want it to work.  (Until it affects them that is!)

As I woman, I found myself standing with him and seeing through Dr. Ford.  I was upset when so many were saying she was credible and it would be hard for Judge Kavanaugh to defend himself.  WHAT?????  REALLY???

My frustration was taking a hold of me and I walked into the kitchen to grab a drink during the latest break in the hearing.  As I walked from the bedroom to the living room, this picture caught my eye.  The sun was still shining and reflecting on the walls of my living room.  It was so bright!  I thought a man-made light was reflecting off the roof top of a local building.  But, alas, that was not what it was.  It was the light from heaven shining in my condo in the sky and was much bolder, better and stronger than any man-made light ever produced.

The light reminded me of this verse in the book of Daniel:

“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above.”

I spoke in my head:  “Oh Daddy.  Oh Red.  I wish you were here to shine your wisdom!  This world is a mess!  We need “those who are wise” in our country again.”

I grabbed my phone, took this picture and then I stopped in my tracks and came to this realization:

I was now “old” and my time had come to speak my experiences into this world.  There was no more Daddy to do it.  No more Red Scott to do it.  It was my turn at the podium.  Every experience.  Every heartbreak.  Every challenge.  Every word of wisdom from Daddy and Red was now mine to share.  It was all here — right now.  I had been primed for such a time as this and my “older” friends had been primed too!

Yet, I didn’t feel wise.  I didn’t feel ready.  I didn’t feel as if I had the “right” to speak so boldly.  Yet, I knew what I knew and I knew what I saw and the only way I did was because I have been there and done that.  I had taken my paddling of life and learned from it!  My discernment button had been turned on after all these life experiences:

  • I had walked the path of abandonment by my mother at an early age.
  • I had been raised by a single father who kept his eyes and his hands on us to ensure we didn’t mess things up.
  • I had been sexually abused by a friend of my father’s and a teenage boy.
  • I had married way too young but made it work for 36 years.
  • Raised two children who never gave us any trouble and were great American citizens themselves.
  • Became a Mimi of 5 beautiful Grands.
  • I had been rich and poor.
  • I had been sick and healthy.
  • I had experienced the death of precious loved ones.
  • My husband left me for another woman.
  • I had built my own business.
  • I had been involved in a political movement.
  • I had been falsely accused of something and cleared my name.
  • I stood in a courtroom and fought a legal battle.
  • I had been stabbed in the back by a friend.
  • I had walked away from traditions and started new ones.
  • I had been on the national stage and helped manage a Presidential Debate on CNN.
  • I learned to defend myself, ride a horse, drive cattle, and write a book about the Lessons I Learned.
  • I experienced standing for my own political beliefs while a dear friend left me because we were no longer politically aligned.
  • I learned to love again and feel my broken heart healed.
  • I had figured out how to make it in this world without the help of anyone  – except my Lord and Father through prayers and faith in Him!
  • I had done a lot of living and life wasn’t over yet!

All those moments in my life had given me the wisdom I thought only belonged to those who mentored me.  I suddenly woke up as the sun beam came through the window.  It was my turn now.  Daddy, Red and others just handed me the baton and encouraged me to use those experiences for the benefit of others.  My discerning spirit had been fed by my experiences and wisdom now reposed in my heart.

And my friends —  your experiences are stored in your heart too and wisdom of the ages is there to share!

I thought long and hard about writing this blog because it seems so self-serving and it may come across as “I am all wise and all knowing now.”

Please know this – I know that I am not.  I do know that until the day I die I will be “green and growing” and not “ripe and rotten.”  (Red-ism)  I will have other experiences that will be added to my list above.  And I pray those experiences will be used for good.  Because that is all we have to leave this world.

As I went back to the TV to watch the circus (I mean the hearing), I laughed at the line of questioning.  We were at the high school yearbook questioning session.  Dr. Kavanaugh was asked about words used in his yearbook and you could see his disdain for the questions.  I could feel his frustration as he answered questions pertaining to farting, throwing up and childish things boy did when they were teenagers.

It was ridiculous and made the Dems appear foolish and childish themselves.  Dr. Kavanaugh is not a teenager anymore and his life experiences are many since those high school days.   Yet the Dems want to take a good man down and ignore all the experiences he had since those high school days.  What fools they are.  Where are the wise men again?

Now back to you, my friends.  There are many of you reading this and wondering if you have any wisdom to share.  I will tell you this:  YES!  Some of you reading this have spoken with me, shared life with me and worked alongside me.  And maybe without knowing it, you too, have helped me grow and develop my own character.  I thank you for that and I encourage you to speak up and share your insights and wisdom with others.  Don’t let your life experiences die when you do!  And how would you go about sharing with others:

  • Mentoring another person
  • Writing a book/blog/journal
  • Running for office
  • Joining a group and sharing your stories and life experiences
  • Investing in educating others
  • Voting for wise men and women to run this country, our city and our state

It’s Monday and the start of a new week is here.  And it’s also October 2018.  Time is moving fast and death is on our heels as we head towards heaven one day at a time.  Let’s not let another day or another month go by without sharing our discernment, knowledge and wisdom with others.

We all have our own personal microphone and you need to turn it on.  Blast out the foolish words of foolish men with your words of wisdom and discernment.  Please, pretty please!  We need you Oh Wise and Faithful ones!

Call me if you don’t know how to do that.  I’ll be happy to help in any way I can.  I have some experiences that might help you.  Billie:  (904) 910-5024 or billie@billietucker.com.

Peace, Love, Out…

Billie

 

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Billie Tucker has worked in the CEO world for more than 30 years and was the Chief Operating Officer of Vistage Florida, a think tank for CEOs. She started her own consulting practice, CEO Service Bureau, in 2001 and earned a reputation for her keen understanding of the motivations, challenges and goals of people and became a life-long student and teacher of leadership principles. She craved anything leadership related and enjoyed being around the world of entrepreneurial CEOs. She watched as they made decisions; pondered how they would make payroll when cash flow was tight; and appreciated how they created career opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people. Because of her experiences, she has emerged as a key resource for the media and others who want to understand important insights about executives, management teams and board dynamics. In 2008, Billie became discouraged as she watched some of her clients struggle with the political economic impacts on their businesses. The same CEOs who mortgaged their home and charged up their credit cards to make ends meet to build a business and keep others working, now watched as their government bailed out the big banks who had mismanaged their resources. She cringed as most of her clients laid off employees for the first time and she vowed she would help them… somehow…someway. That somehow…someway showed up in the Tea Party Movement in America. She formed one of the largest tea party group’s in America (more than 9,000 members strong) and helped bring attention to America’s debt problem, out of control spending, over taxation and regulation strangulation on companies. With her background in working with leaders and her influence in the political and leadership world, Billie has continued her dream to help CEOs navigate these troubling waters that permeate the world of capitalism in America. She has been an active participant in the media as a guest on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, Bott Family Network Radio and co-hosts a political/financial radio show in the Northeast Florida market entitled, Smart Money. She was the first speaker at the House of Representatives Tea Party Caucus inaugural event and was invited by Heritage Foundation to speak at their prestigious annual Heritage Resource Bank, and on their National Security Panel live broadcasts. She spoke at the Congressional Republican House Retreat in Pennsylvania in 2012. She was also the co-host and co-producer of the CNN Tea Party Express Debate in the 2012 Presidential Election. She is a firm believer that America needs more entrepreneurs and more opportunities for people to use their God-given talents and passions to better themselves, their communities and America. Her favorite quote has become her mission to help CEOs succeed: “Vision without execution is hallucination.” – Thomas Edison

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