Light Seeking Wisdom
“Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom comes from living.” – Anthony Douglas Williams
Now that I am not 40 but in my 40s (as I’ve been told by a few of my friends this week, haha) there is a consciousness of the reality of things. There is no hiding from what we have experienced and what we have learned from our experiences.
We pretty much know what makes the best us and understand that where we are is the place we want to be. Maybe it is because through life we are trying to be a part of something (which is a good thing) but there is peace in knowing how to have personal needs met (more sleep, time with family and friends and so on) and finding harmony among competing demands (self-care, relationships, work obligations, and caregiver responsibilities).
How does one gain wisdom?
Psychologists tend to agree that wisdom involves an integration of knowledge, experience, and deep understanding that incorporates tolerance for the uncertainties of life as well as its ups and downs. There’s an awareness of how things play out over time, and it confers a sense of balance. It can be acquired only through experience, but by itself, experience does not automatically confer wisdom (Psychology Today, n.d., para. 1).
Yes, I have had the opportunity to gain knowledge by going to school and accumulating multiple degrees. I have had many opportunities for professional development. I love learning new things but with all this learning...I’ve been living.
I have learned quite a bit over the last 41 years. By living and observing how others have lived before me.
Today I share this YouTube video, The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout.
Ask yourself this question:
How are you living?