The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge. Bertrand Russell
The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil. Cicero
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. Immanuel Kant
Throughout the ages, many philosophers and sages from all cultures; have written and spoken words that have stood the test of time. Their immortal words of wisdom continue to apply today just as they did when they were originally written or spoken, some even thousands of years ago. We have at our disposal sources of knowledge and understanding that can inspire and enable us to make better decisions.
In some respects words are cheap. Words alone do nothing. It is what we allow wise words to do for us that can make all the difference. If we allow words of wisdom to guide and inspire us, we can make better choices with fewer mistakes and live more fulfilling lives. Such words of wisdom can be of immense value to us.
If we were to look at any given group of people, such as a family, a high school graduation class, a community, or even a nation; inside such groups will be those who rise above their situations and achieve and accomplish greatly. Most will live lives of complacency and mediocrity. Social scientists have studied and tried to analyze all the things that cause some to aspire and others to be uninspired. Genetics and environment and other such things are definitely part of the equation. There are always many factors and causes. A key component in this equation for success is those things that inspire, motivate and cause some to lift themselves. These are the type things that cause us to rise above circumstances and even try to stretch our abilities.
As we get older we get wiser; gaining knowledge and wisdom through experiences; from living life, especially what we get learn from the school of knocks. We have learned much if not most of our accumulated wisdom from doing many things the wrong way and do not learn as much from doing things the right way. We can remember our parents and others advising us against making bad choices and unwise decisions, only to go ahead and ignore their advice and do it our way. Few of us have listened as much as we should have. If we can learn from the wisdom of those who preceded us, we can save ourselves much pain and misery. We can and should utilize our brains, thought processes and the wisdom of the ages to add significantly and greatly to our lives.
Challenge: Can you remember when you were given good advice, ignored it, and made significant mistakes as a result? Can you remember occasions where you were given advice, followed it, and were happy with the results? It is better to make better decisions, fewer mistakes, and to gain wisdom in the process. The more important the decision, the greater the consequences, the more you profit from listening to words of wisdom.
Wisdom: The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous people. Mark Twain
If any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. Ecclesiastes 2:26
He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. Isaiah 2:3
God is the ultimate source of truth and wisdom. The more we seek him and listen to what he teaches and advises, the greater the quality of our lives. The more obstinate and stubborn we are, doing things totally on our own, the more likely we are to suffer mistakes, pain and misery. God loves us and wants us to live life with meaning and purpose. If we seek his will and his guidance we will benefit by greatly increasing the quality of our lives.
Prayer: Help me to profit from the wisdom of those who have gone before.