Dictionaries define wisdom as follows:
1. The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight.
2. Common sense; good judgment: “It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things” (Henry David Thoreau).
3.a. The sum of learning through the ages; knowledge: “In those homely sayings was couched the collective wisdom of generations” (Maya Angelou)
3.b. Wise teachings of the ancient sages.
4. A wise outlook, plan, or course of action.
5. Wisdom Bible. Wisdom of Solomon.
The Bible goes further stating: “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.” Proverbs 8 v11.
Now, I am not ‘religious’; rather – spiritual – and have learned from deep and personal experience, that wisdom is indeed the most valuable thing one can obtain.
Hanging on to my own opinion can be a hindrance and at times even worse; so I also have learned to love truth and a humble mindset.
I love things that work and I am sure you do too. Like you, I have no time for fancy theories, waffle or half baked stuff.
Because I had an extremely bad start in life due to very poor parenting; which resulted in severe emotional, spiritual and psychological problems; as a child, teenager and young man my life was one big mess. Being a bit deaf*, intelligent, well educated, intuitive about people and their real motives, as well as sensitive, only made things worse. (*And yes, I got called “four ears”, spastic too).
In my 20′s I started the process of fixing myself and my life – whilst it wasn’t my fault I was in such a mess, it was my responsibility to fix it.
I soon found out that I could find very few people that could help someone with the severity of my problems; and those that could were only able to assist with parts**. (**Special thanks to Grace Hayward). Simply speaking, I had to find solutions that worked, lasted and that few seemed to know anything about. I experienced the loneliness of the pioneer. I studied the mind and ‘how people tick’ as a matter of life and death.
Fortunately for me, (and others I have helped since) I found solutions and am now a very happy, calm, contented person. Whilst I would never want to go through what I suffered again, I am now very grateful I had the experience because without it I would not be who I am today, nor have the knowledge and wisdom that goes with it.
Years ago, when I did some Army training (British) I noticed that combat/operations veterans had a significant edge over those who had not been through the experience. I have great respect for learning, academic institutions and learned individuals, however nothing can take the place of experience. Whilst I had an excellent initial education at one of the finest schools in the world (Rugby School, England), and then much later gained more head knowledge; I credit my practical life experience with the most importance.
Lateral thinking is second nature to me, as is the ‘big picture’ with a key focus on facts and results. If something is worth doing then it should be done well. Helping people is a passion and joy to me and before I leave this world I want to ensure as many people benefit from my experience as possible.
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“…we need to abandon the idea that wisdom is knowing everything-the whys, the wherefores, the how-tos. Wisdom is often more subtle, both far simpler and exceedingly more complex. For wisdom requires the discerning, the listening to, the acknowledgement of nudges and notions, of senses and sensations, of the minute and what we often mistakenly assume is the mundane. Wisdom means listening to the still, small voice, the whisper that can be easily lost in the whirlwind of busyness, expectations, and conventions of the world….”
– Jean M. Blomquist