Where Does Wisdom Come From?

“Wisdom is a deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgements and actions in keeping with this understanding. It often requires control of one’s emotional reactions so that universal principles, reason and knowledge prevail to determine one’s actions. Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true or right coupled with optimum judgment as to action. Synonyms include: sagacity, discernment, or insight.”

From Wikipedia

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I truly believe that wisdom comes from experience. You can not fully understand people, things events or even situations if you don’t have life experience. If you haven’t lived through an event or heard the story of how other lived through this event you can’t possible understand it. You cannot know what it’s like to be a mother or a father until you’ve been one.

To control your emotions and comprehend the world around you, you must first understand yourself and then proceed in understading the world. Understanding one self takes time and energy, it is not an easy journey but it’s a journey worth taking.

Such experience is gained from living, from trial and error and from knowing other people. It is trough the knowledge passed trough generations and from one human being to the another that we truly understand the world around us.

If I was looking to become wise and had a year to do it, I would travel. Travelling is a great way to get in touch with other cultures, to learn new things, to see the world from a different perspective.

Getting to know the world around us with our own two eyes and talk to the people of this world learn their wisdom is the best way to become wiser.

I don’t believe you can become wise in a year. It’s a process that takes time and living. But I do believe that we can become wiser in a year, and it doesn’t take much. We only have to open our eyes to the world around us and do our best to learn from it.

There is wisdom all around you, don’t ignore it, embrace it.

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