How to Be Wise
Confucius said that there are three ways to find wisdom: by reflection, which is noblest; by imitation, which is easiest and by experience, which is bitterest.
In today’s world of expansive freedoms, technological possibilities and easy access to whatever knowledge you long for, we long more than ever for wisdom in our lives. We want to find all the answers, to feel that we kind of know what it is all about, but we are finding it harder than ever to find meaning and depth, clarity and certainty.
So what can we do? First, we can realize that age is not a factor when it comes to being wise, and wisdom comes not just from experience but from but from our reflections on that experience and the lessons we gain from it.
Secondly, we should always strive for understanding rather than judgement, and to keep a questioning attitude, to ask questions rather than always accepting that ‘this is just how we do it.’
Thirdly, we need to stop being so busy all the time and remember to listen. When we take time to stop and just be for a little while, we realize that often we already have the answers within ourselves, that our intuition will always steer us true and is a great source of wisdom and that if we stop constantly blocking it with noise emails constant social media and busy-ness, we will have easy access to all the wisdom we need. As Albert Einstein said: “Intuition, not intellect, is the ‘open sesame’ of yourself.”