And what, in practice, does that wisdom mean for us?

What does it mean to have a listening heart and an understanding mind? I believe it means the capacity to hold together two things.

On the one hand lies the ability to incorporate intricate complexity and diversity, to comprehend profound pain and alienation, to live with serious ambiguity and tension, to appreciate enormous depth and texture, to perceive patterns in that kaleidoscope but to enjoy its myriad wonder even when a pattern is hard to see.

On the other hand lies the ability to live and speak and act from deep simplicity and unassuageable joy: to bring from the storehouse of complexity what’s timely for today.

In short, to fathom complexity yet render simplicity.

That, I believe, is wisdom. That is how we learn the secret of strength and joy.