When you hear the word wisdom what do think of? Someone who has a great deal of knowledge such as Albert Einstein? Maybe there is someone in your own life that you think of when you think of wisdom. Wisdom is different from knowledge. Knowledge is just the accumulation of information but there are a lot of smart people that fall short in the area of wisdom.
I recently read this analogy as an example of the difference between wisdom and knowledge. Knowing a tomato is a fruit is knowledge, knowing not to put a tomato in a fruit salad is wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to discern, judge, chose what is the best thing not just for ourselves as individuals but is good for all concerned. It comes not from books but from tapping into the Divine Wisdom deep inside all of us. Wisdom is within us to guide our choices rightly and so determines the life we live. In fact, our life up to this point is a direct result of what we have chosen in the past. Has our life been guided by our inner wisdom, or by the whims of the outside world?
This does not mean we need to beat ourselves up for choices that resulted in negative outcomes. If we are not happy with the results of seemingly bad decisions, we just need to decide differently and consult our inner wisdom (our intuition). And when we make these new choices, it can be a little scary. But it is by exhibiting courage, by making the uncomfortable choices, that we are often blessed by some of the greatest gifts in our lives. Logic is great, but sometimes, it is our best thinking that got us into trouble in the first place.
The most important thing is for us not to shrink from those big decisions, to understand that we need only go within and we will intuitively know what is or is not ours to do. Remember that making no decision is in fact making a decision – to do nothing!
Quote of the Week
“It is not our abilities that show what we are – it is our choices.” — Professor Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets