Understanding the limitations of human beings as well as understanding your own is the beginning of true wisdom. What a wonderful world this would be if there were as many wise people as there are clever people. Wisdom is knowledge, rightly applied. By others faults, the wise correct their own.
Confucius said: There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.
Knowing how to deal with the tangible world in a practical way, and having the ability to know what must be done and the skill to learn how to do it, is the base for our wisdom. With wisdom, we will know the right thing to say to the right person in the right place at the right time. Wisdom will harmonize our lives, and will establish the priorities we need to bring us back to right relationships with everyone around us. Wise people have learned what they know from real life experiences. We gain wisdom when we ask questions, explore, want to know how things work, and we learn valuable lessons from rough experiences.
Mothers, teach your children this. Teach your children that Wisdom is everywhere. In pieces. Some of the Wisdom is in the trees, some of the Wisdom is with the animals. Some of the Wisdom is with the planets and the stars and the moons and the sun. Some of the Wisdom flows with the waters. Some of the Wisdom was with our ancestors. Some of the Wisdom is in our minds. All of the Wisdom is from the Spirit of God. ~ Esther Davis-Thompson, MotherLove: Re-Inventing a Good and Blessed Future for Our Children, “Spiritual Nourishment,” 1999
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