The opportunities to appreciate wisdom exist all around us.
Are we mindful? Are we paying attention.
Several years ago, on this blog, I wrote the following:
- 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 wise young students.
- Wisdom is not bought with money nor does it come from hanging around the “pretty people” (whomever they may be).
- Wisdom is NOT conferred with power. Election to political office does not wisdom make.
- Wisdom knows that power is NOT the same thing as authority.
- 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 one possible solution—but it is NOT necessarily THE solution.
These words came back to me as read a soon-to-be-released book by a friend of ours. The Reverend Billy Hester of the Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church (Savannah, Georgia) honored me with a request to serve as one of the book’s reviewers. Within the first few pages, WOW! Wisdom sets the stage with this pearl of wisdom about wisdom:
“The longer we live, and the more experiences we have,
the more opportunities we have to gain wisdom.
But in order to achieve this, we need to be observant
and to be open to learning.”
Wisdom surrounds us. It might even attempt to embrace us. We must have awareness, though, in order to appreciate it. We need to get out of the past and not be paralyzed by an unknown future. Distractions will rob us of appreciating our journey. And if we miss the present, we miss what others have to offer us.
This is not rocket science. You know that wisdom can come from the cashier, mechanic, life guard, patient, sanitation worker, shoeshine man at the airport, stranger on the street, sunrise walker on the beach, surfer, yoga instructor, quiet time in nature, and even from our pets. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of the power in “just being.”
The opportunities to appreciate wisdom exist all around us. Are we mindful? Are we paying attention. (Billy’s book, WOW! Wisdom is scheduled for release in early November, 2018. More information will be posted on BillyHesterBooks.com.)
Video Recommendation of the Week:
This Andrew Zuckerman trailer has powerful reminders about what wisdom means. What does it mean to you?
For more about community building and sustainability,
look for my new book due out the beginning of 2019.
More information to come.
Make it an inspiring and grateful week and H.T.R.B. as needed.
For information about and to order my most recent book, Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island, click here. A few colleges and one state-wide agency have adopted it for training and coaching purposes. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same.
The paperback price on Amazon is now $14.99 and the Kindle version stands at $5.99. Consider it for a faculty orientation or a mentoring program. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.
Pearson Education publishes my student textbooks for life success—Choices for College Success (3rd edition) and Study Skills: Do I Really Need This Stuff? (3rd edition).
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