Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wisdom  (ˈwɪzdəm)
1. the ability or result of an ability to think and act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight
2. accumulated knowledge, erudition, or enlightenment
3. archaic  a wise saying or wise sayings or teachings
4. obsolete  soundness of mind

Everyone says that with age comes wisdom, this is not always true. Just like the saying “commonsense isn’t common”, neither is wisdom. Often Folk continue to make the same mistakes over and over and then wonder about the outcomes. Even when a truly wise person gives advice, it is rarely heeded. My Father use to say that he wanted us to learn from his mistakes so we would not fall into the same holes he had. Of course, we never took his advice, even though, he was very often correct about our outcomes. This is a strange and human phenomenal that I think results from the need to forge our own individual paths in life.  

Most would agree that it would wonderful to avoid the pitfalls of life but still we refuse to accept wise advice that could prevent at least some of them. I, myself am personally guilty of this. There have been times that I have not heeded wise advice, even from my own wisdom when the very consequence I hoped to avoid was the result. I do not claim to know the reason for this but I aspect it comes back to the ‘Let me try it this way and see” approach as opposed to the “Let me heed the wise advice and prevent trouble” approach to life. We always think we can do it better or smarter than someone else. Some of it maybe ego, we want to win our way as opposed to the tested way. Then too, everyone’s experience is truly not the same, for instance, two children can be born into the same environment but will grow up with different attitudes, abilities and morals.  As well as two children born in different environments can  grow and have the same attitudes, abilities and morals.

It would be a nice thing if we could embrace and implement the wisdom of Fathers and Mothers, but then again, maybe not. Would we have the desired outcomes for ourselves, would they all be right for us? I say not. I say as I did before that we must each make our own mistakes and learn our own lessons. The key is to learn the lesson so we do not duplicate the mistake. So it appears to me that my wisdom will always be different from your wisdom, each being personal to each of us and that is my wisdom.
 Proverbs 2:10
    For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.