I first became aware of Andrew Zuckerman’s book Wisdom: 50 Unique and Original Portraits when a friend sent me the Wisdom Trailer—a nearly 6 minute video montage of people sharing short clips of wisdom. At least, sharing wisdom from their perspective.
Most are eloquent in their simplicity. Whether it is Bill Withers saying “You can’t go from not being able to function to running the whole show”; or Rosamunde Pilcher reminding us “You don’t stop doing things because you get old. You get old because you stop doing things”; or Andrew Wyeth and Ravi Shankar saying, “We have to love something deeply”, the insights are poignant.
Wisdom does NOT necessarily come with knowledge. I know a lot of “educated” people who do foolish things on a regular basis.
Wisdom does NOT necessarily come with age. I have met some very wise young students.
Wisdom is NOT conferred with power. Election to political office does not wisdom make.
Wisdom is definitely not bought with money nor does it come from hanging around the “pretty people” (whoever they may be).
Wisdom DOES come from experience—and learning from that experience.
Wisdom DOES show when one responds to a situation rather than reacts to a situation.
Wisdom IS recognizing that my solution is A solution—but it is NOT necessarily THE solution.
Wisdom knows that power is NOT the same thing as authority.
What wisdom do you have to share with the world? If you are a parent, what do you want your children to understand? If you are a leader, what do you want your colleagues to grasp? As a citizen of your community, what have you learned/experienced that (at least in your estimation) will make this a better world?
In this season of giving, please share your wisdom.
© Steve Piscitelli and Steve Piscitelli’s Blog, 2010.