Wisdom is something, some say, we are born with it.
On the other hand, wisdom, which is very useful, is certainly something one can accumulate throughout one’s life. Many are looking for clever ways, but few feel that they have found it. The Berlin Wisdom Project of the late 80s described ingenuity as:
- Spiritual knowledge
- True knowledge
- Excellent judgment
- Excellent problem solving skills
- The ability to learn from past experiences
- Humility, emotional strength or ability to recover from defeat
- Openness and maturity – allows someone to see you as you really are
- A deeper understanding of human nature, including empathy for others and other cultures
However, if you do not think that you can combine all of these qualities, there are six other ways to WISE in the human experience:
- Being a community
Studies have shown that people who keep a lot of contact with other people show higher levels of intelligence than those who are always very secretive. Some think that this is because young people are constantly giving us new ideas to think about, new details, new experiences, and this has improved our thinking and given us more wisdom. So make an effort, if not to others rather than to yourself. Keep in touch with old friends, go do a study, and keep in touch with those around you, that’s a good thing you can do.
- An open mind
Wisdom is the ability to grasp all aspects of a problem, without compromising on personal feelings. The definition of an open mind is to find true empathy and to understand that everyone has a life story that affects them in some way, and it is not our place to judge. It is good practice to write down, daily, what is bothering you. At the end of the day, look at this listing and try to find a new perspective on each problem, you will be amazed at what things will come to mind.
- “I could be wrong”
A wise person realizes that it is impossible to know everything, and that life is constantly on the move. Acknowledging our mistakes can lead to great wisdom, and it often happens. Remember, your ability to make mistakes should not damage your reputation as a wise man, but it should increase, for wise people know how to bear their mistakes. Nietzsche was quoted as saying: “Wisdom places limits on knowledge, too.”. Acknowledge the limitations of your knowledge and admit when you make a mistake.
- Meeting new things
While each of us has his or her own interests in books, music, art or the fun of movies, it is important to realize that getting acquainted with unfamiliar styles will expand your horizons and bring out new world ideas, new ideas and new ideas about life. So put down the novel you are reading and try a science fiction novel, history book or just a great love. Anything you have never read, now is the time to add some information to things you have never really touched. So try something new, or learn a new skill – it will not only make you smarter, it will keep you younger!
Many would say that they have the experience of a rich life, but when did you stop to think about all that you have learned in life?
Try this exercise: Write down your three major failures and your three major successes. Next to each of them write down some of the events that led up to it and the lessons you learned. Look for patterns, without pride or regret, simple patterns to teach you how to use each emotion to move you forward. After all, self-awareness is the biggest challenge.
- Know what is happening around you
Yes, the news is often shocking, misrepresented or even oppressive. But it is difficult to make balanced decisions for yourself and others if you do not learn from the mistakes of others and the big scales, in your city, in the country and in the world. Keep up-to-date, read a newspaper, watch news or just read an online news site from time to time. Read articles, not just headlines, and understand how you fit into this vast world, and where you stand. This is essential for true wisdom.
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