This will be a short post, since I've had another quite busy weekend. Six years ago today, I married the man I love. It's amazing how fast those years have gone, and I'm sure that will continue to be the case.
Today, I just wanted to take a quick look at a tricky concept. What is wisdom?
In my view, wisdom doesn't mean knowing the answers to everything. It doesn't mean having a beard and sitting alone in the woods, though one who does so may in fact be wise. For me, wisdom is knowing how to look at the world and figure it out. It's much more an approach to life than anything else.
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If you have a thirst for knowledge and wish to seek it out at every turn, you are well on your way to wisdom. How can you hope to develop a well-balanced and calm approach to life if you don't have curiosity? How can you seek out knowledge if you don't understand how to sort through the good and the bad
Yet, you cannot hope to be wise without an intimate knowledge of yourself. The way you approach the world must be unique to you. The way you seek knowledge must be uniquely you. How else can you hope to keep the enthusiasm and hunger that pushes you to learn more about the world around you. After all, you cannot hope to go for a long walk in shoes that don't fit. You would only end up frustrated and pained by the blisters worn on your feet.
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How do you get to know yourself? Through honesty and self-reflection. You may not always like all that you learn about yourself, but that honesty is the key to change. It is the key to learning and discovery.
I guess if wisdom does begin in wonder, we should feel that kind of wonder about our own selves. This comment does not come from vanity, but the simple truth that you are the only one who can travel your own path to wisdom. If you want to make your journey to wisdom successfully, you need to know how you walk through life. And in the process of self-discovery, you hone the skills required to discover more about the world around you and how you fit into it.
These are simply some of my scattered thoughts about the subject. What do you think wisdom is? How do you attain it? Is it even something that can be attained, and if so, should we hope to attain it?