Their certainties are not as brittle as those of others. They are therefore extremely reticent about telling people too frankly what they think. They have a sense of how seldom it is useful to get censorious with others. They want — above all — that things be nice between people, even if this means they are not totally authentic. So they will sit with someone of an opposite political persuasion and not try to convert them; they will hold their tongue at someone who seems to be announcing a wrong-headed plan for reforming the country, educating their child or directing their personal life.
The wise have made their peace with the yawning gap between how they would ideally want to be and what they are actually like. They have come to terms with their idiocies, flaws, ugliness, limitations and drawbacks.
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The wise are realistic about other people too. They recognise the extraordinary pressures everyone is under to pursue their own ambitions, defend their interests and seek their own pleasures. The wise are therefore slow to anger and judge. They will be readier to forgive from a proper sense of how difficult every life is: harbouring as it does so many frustrated ambitions, disappointments and longings.
The wise appreciate the pressures people are under. Of course they shouted, of course they were rude, naturally they want to overtake on the inside lane… The wise are generous to the reasons for which people might not be nice. They feel less persecuted by the aggression and meanness of others, because they have a sense of where it comes from: a place of hurt.
The wise have a solid sense of what they can survive.
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They know just how much can go wrong and things will still be — just about — liveable. At the same time, the wise see that some destinies are truly shaped by nothing more than accident. Some people are promoted randomly. Some people have the right parents. The wise emerge as realistic about the consequences of winning and succeeding.
They may want to win as much as the next person, but they are aware of how many fundamentals will remain unchanged, whatever the outcome. They know how much we remain tethered to some basic dynamics in our personalities, whatever job we have or material possession we acquire. In our ambitious age, it is common to begin with dreams of being able to pull off an unblemished life, where one can hope to get the major decisions — in love and work — right.
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But the wise realise that it is impossible to fashion a spotless life; one will make some extremely large and utterly uncorrectable errors in a number of areas. Perfectionism is a wicked illusion. Regret is unavoidable. But regret lessens the more we see that error is endemic across the species. These errors are not coincidental but structural; they arise because we all lack the information we need to make choices in time-sensitive situations.
Later, we simply let life proceed, in its own direction, toward its own fate.
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But, unfortunately, very few follow the path laid out for them — the path to their destinies, and to happiness. Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place. With that, I lost sight of what I wanted to do most. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision. When I read the phrase above, I had to put the book down.
One and a half years ago, I finally decided not only to write but publish my work too. Then I had an idea for a short story about a man who one day found a money tree growing in his garden. My short story blog was born. This decision let me on a magnificent and exciting path. I found a hidden alley on the road that is my life.
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I knew it was there, but never before had I been able to find it. Let alone dare enter it. When I entered the door, I found there to be a new trail. It was raw and wild, without a road. A huge difference to the road I was used walking on, which was neat and well walked on. Go through your own hidden door. What is it you always wanted to do but never did because life happened? How could you make it work given your current lifestyle? Make time for it.
1. Take inventory of who you spend the most time with.
When you decide to take the plunge, you have to leave your comfortable life. You probably read about that somewhere else. Just take one small step. If we stick to writing, write words a day. Because we have to respond to omens. Who knows how to deal with change? Just let it take you somewhere new. Ride the currents with grace. You can be that person who follows his or her dream. Ask more out of life because you deserve more. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.
How do I guess at the future?
Based on the omens of the present. The secret is here in the present.
2. Reflect on how you spend your time.
If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Make a plan , take incremental steps to achieve your goals. Do this every day. The only moment you can do something is now.
And then they want the person to change. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own. This happens a lot. If a person is living out his destiny, he knows everything he needs to know. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.