“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie
Daily Nugget of Gold 1009
Wisdom with Which to Understand People
Most of us probably don’t dwell on the differences between knowledge and wisdom but this form of wealth as proposed by Napoleon Hill in his list of the twelve things that constitute true riches ought to give us pause to ponder the this. We can conceptually “know” something and yet still not possess the wisdom of understanding it completely. We can “know” something and yet still fail to act upon what we know. How many of us “know” it’s better to eat a healthy diet but fail to do so? How many of us “know” we want to wear our seatbelts but fail to do so every time we get in a car? How many of us have accepted that a more Spiritually based life is better, but fail to spend time working in it’s obtainment? It would seem that there is more to wisdom than knowing, agree?
It is probably obvious to you that in order to understand people we’re going to have to be more open minded about them, as the form of wealth we discussed recently would have suggested. If we think we know all the answers about other people already- if we think we can easily sum other people up by a cursory glance, we are mainly doing ourselves the biggest disservice. This wisdom Hill speaks of isn’t so easily obtained. It takes a patient person willing to look past the obvious answers and a person who sharpens their ability to look for things beyond those which only confirm our preconceived notions and beliefs when we observe them.
It comes to us that perhaps it’s also important to understand that there is no way of ever really knowing everything that there is to know about a person. We cannot possibly come to understand everything they’ve witnessed, been affected by, been subjected to, or perceive from their own unique point of view. Just the same, this doesn’t just mean we should simply conclude that we know “enough”, particularly if we are prone to pass judgment. We still need to make decisions, however, especially when it concerns who we elect to associate with- and perhaps a better way of doing this might just be to develop an acceptance that each person will make their own decisions whether or not we agree, than to judge them.
Wisdom isn’t something which comes easy, no matter what the subject matter is. Most of us have to mess it up for a long time before we become truly wise to any degree. Perhaps that’s as it should be. Maybe that’s what brings wisdom to us.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to gain more wisdom in life?”
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