Gaining Knowledge, Experience, and Wisdom
The distance between knowledge and wisdom is enlightenment.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo
My grandmother was always speaking in riddles, she always had a story or some words of wisdom for everything. Only we were too young to understand or appreciate the lesson she was trying to convey because wisdom comes with years. The years we had yet to experience ourselves. Wisdom comes when knowledge meets experience and our grandmother not only had the experience, she also had the knowledge and experience that come with the years. This is why those who appreciate their experiences in life, when they get older, tend to be wiser because they have taken those experiences through the years and why they are always relentless in sharing that wisdom with the younger generation.
We may think we know everything, however, it is necessary for us to learn from those who are willing to share that wisdom simply because we have not lived the years they have. We may have our own experiences but the wisdom we learn from our parents, grandparents, and older folks can help us navigate through those experiences. Making us better equipped to not make the same mistakes, if we choose to learn from the experience and mistakes of others it gives us an advantage. Right now, lots of the stuff my grandmother shared with me is more relevant to me now, than they were back then. They have helped me to see things that would’ve otherwise gone unnoticed.
Even though society tells us that we should live our own truth and do whatever we think is best, it is this type of thinking that can drive you off the rails. You have to understand that your capacity for wisdom is limited to your experience, this will help you understand how important it is to learn from those people so filled with knowledge, experience, and wisdom God has placed in your life.
Hope like that, as I thought before, doesn’t make you a weak person. It’s hopelessness that makes you weak. Hope makes you stronger because it brings with it a sense of reason. Not a reason for how or why they were taken from you, but a reason for you to live. Because it’s a maybe. A ‘maybe someday things won’t always be this shit.’ And that ‘maybe’ immediately makes the shittiness better.
The busiest people I have known in my life always have time enough to do everything. Those who do nothing are always tired and pay no attention to the little amount of work they are required to do. They complain constantly that the day is too short. The truth is, they are afraid to fight the good fight.
― Paulo Coelho
Four Things To Learn On Your Own
Learning is a part of life, we learn from others and from our experiences. Living a rewarding life involves the simple art of balance or what we’ve learned from those around us and what our experiences have taught us. Here are four things in life you can’t learn from someone else
Stop Wasting Time– You would’ve probably read Steve Jobs’s quote, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” I don’t think this fully becomes reality until that clock starts ticking and you realize you have more time behind you than you do before you. Time is precious, it may seem like you have all the time in the world until you wake up and you’re out of time.
Responsibility– Responsibility is not an instinctual quality everyone possesses. Some of us have to work hard in acquiring this quality. The full burden of responsibility is becoming independent in all aspects of your life, family, career, and love life. Cause and effect are the ultimate guides to responsibility and this responsibility will eventually lead to complete independence. Gaining responsibility and independence will help you make more conscience decisions in life, love, and business.
Betrayal – The topic no one ever wants to discuss, it is the thing that turns your world upside down and usually sends you on an emotional rollercoaster. There really is no way of preparing for it because every act of betrayal contains different variables. But when it happens, the first questions that come to mind are: Why? How? Can we work through this? The only persons who can answer any of these questions are the person or persons involved. Love is complicated, with social media and all the dating sites out there, make it even more complicated. There’s no official guide to falling out of love. Betrayal doesn’t always happen in romance, it happens in friendships and business as well. But, betrayal is betrayal, and no matter the circumstance, it hurts.
Happiness – Happiness is doing what you love, and success is excelling at doing what you love. Nobody else can tell you how to be happy, what or how to love. As you progress through life, these mysteries are uncovered to you and you will find them on your own. Figuring out what makes you happy is the catalyst to achieving your own version of success.