Wisdom is one of those qualities that is difficult to define – because it comprises so much – but which people generally recognise when they encounter it. And it is encountered most obviously in the realm of decision making. Psychologist tend to agree that wisdom involves an integration of knowledge, experience and deep understanding, that incorporates tolerance for the uncertainty of life as well as its ups and downs. There’s an awareness of how things play out over time, and it confers a sense of balance. It can be acquired only through experience, but by itself. Experience does not automatically confer wisdom. Only now are researchers beginning to look into the social, emotional and cognitive processes that transmute experience into wisdom.
Wise people generally share an optimism that life’s problems can be solved and experience a certain amount of calmness in facing difficult decisions. Intelligence- if only anyone could figure out what it is or exactly why it is may be necessary for wisdom, but it definitely isn’t sufficient; it is an ability to see the big picture, a sense of proportion and considerable introspection which also contribute to one’s development.
Now why am I writing about this? I don’t know. May be I too need some taste of wisdom. It’s been a long time I haven’t tasted it. I forgot how delicious it is.
Usually WISDOM is defined as –
the ability to make sensible decisions and judgements because of your knowledge or experience. But there’s more to it. Now many of you may ask what’s the big difference between knowledge and wisdom?
Knowledge is something that is typically gained by reading books doing research and memorizing facts and figures. It can be taught easily anywhere and by anyone. But wisdom is quite different from knowledge. In common words, wisdom can be stated as the state of being wise. And it is gained typically over time and experience.
Now the most common question that arrives is which should be learnt first knowledge or wisdom? Well the answer is quite simple; knowledge. Knowledge is the first step towards wisdom. You cannot be wise without having knowledge, but you can be knowledgeable and wise together.
Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing when to say it.– Albert Einstein
Now, How long does it takes to acquire wisdom? The perfect answer is life long. Yes, you heard it right. It is a lifelong learning process. It is a path whose destination is to go on & on and the end has never been seen by anyone. There is no limit on wisdom. The process of gaining wisdom has been since ‘forever’.
Wisdom is prevented by ignorance, and delusion is the result.– BHAGAVAD GITA
Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.– BIBLE (Proverb 3:13)
Silence is form of wisdom, yet few people practice it– QURAN
Please do forgive, if there are any mistakes in quoting the words from the sacred texts. These are for reference purpose only and not intended to hurt any sentiments.
Few more best words of wisdom according to me.
- Believe in yourself.
- Love yourself.
- No matter what happens stay optimistic.
- Nothing is permanent.
- Let time take a few decisions.
- Anything is possible.
And for now I’ll take a leave. Hope your journey towards wisdom will be a fantastic one.
And Thanks. 😇