Calmness of Wisdom - Terry Minion - BOOM

Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.— James Allen

It was common in so many different parts of my life to want to be somewhere else. When I was a young boy, I wanted to be a teenager, and then while a teenager, I wanted to be an adult. I think that in much of my life I was not present where I was, but wishing it were different, better, improved, free.

I thought from my current late sixties point of view, “why would anyone be okay with being old?” Or, rather, “why would anyone choose to be older when they could be younger?”

The answer for me is that it is cool to be older. What has gone before seems like stepping stones to where I find myself now, and I like where I am right now. I’m not eager to get older, but not the least bit intimidated by it either. I’m not fantasizing being younger, because I’m perfectly satisfied where I am now.

There is something special about right now in the age I am in, and it is reflected in the quote that began this piece. Here’s the whole quote from James Allen: “Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought.”

The phrase ‘self-control’ in that last quote is, to me, not the kind of self-control where we deny ourselves something in order to change, but it is more of an accumulation of wisdom that causes us to think differently, and perhaps more fairly.

James Allen clarifies what I’m saying in this: “A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. And as he adapts his mind to that regulating factor, he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts; ceases to kick against circumstances, but begins to use them as aids to his more rapid progress, and as a means of discovering the hidden powers and possibilities within himself.”

He claims that, “Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.” I love how that all comes together with ‘calmness is power.’ It is our accumulated wisdom that creates this calmness.

Of course, some may rather grow in their accumulated prejudice, but I think that moving toward the upper ages allows most of us to see how blessed our lives have been including all of the things we used to struggle with. Now we can see how that struggle was self-inflicted and temporary pain, and that these instances were also stepping stones to an improved position. There are so many ways and paths to the same end result.

As I age and make use of that golden ticket called reflection, I can see how everything worked out, often in spite of my efforts to thwart it. And, in the process of each, I accumulated bits of wisdom, now accumulated to a substantial and delightful amount, both in quantity and quality. This is what I love about being older. I love that I can see more clearly now.

Wayne Dyer’s last book, which I loved, especially on audio with him reading it, is titled, I Can See Clearly Now. What a perfect ending to a long and full life of bumps, trauma, joy, growth, and all accumulating to one massive amount of sharable wisdom. What a blessing for me to have had the joy of knowing some of his accumulated wisdom, while building on my own. All of those I have seen, read, met, had deep and shallow relationships with have all contributed. I relax luxuriously in my calmness of spirit and my accumulated age.

Terry Minion is an owner/manager of, a website, online marketing company based in Fairfield CA. He also writes the CTS Daily Inspirations at