Amidst all the challenges, choices, and decisions in life, who among us does not hope for wisdom? Wisdom, however, does not always come easily. There are a lot of very knowledgeable people, but many fewer wise people.
Why? Because wisdom is not knowledge learned. Wisdom is knowledge earned because a person has lived it.
KNOWLEDGE EARNED: We may often envy other people’s wisdom; but, upon closer observation of their lives, we may not envy what they have experienced to earn that wisdom.
AUTHENTIC LIVING: Actress Jane Fonda said, “You can’t really be wise until you are authentic.” Becoming real or authentic is a process, so wisdom is earned by process living. To earn the knowledge to become wise, sometimes a person must go through a process of pain, suffering, or loss.
In the children’s book The Velveteen Rabbit, by Marjery Williams Bianco, the Velveteen Rabbit describes the process of becoming authentic or real:
“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly…”
Author Sarah Ban Breathnach has written much about authentic living, and she said, “An authentic life is the most personal form of worship. Everyday life has become my prayer.”
LETTING GO: Again speaking about wisdom, Jane Fonda also said, “Wisdom is knowing what you don’t need anymore and letting it go.”
To become wise, people must be willing to let go of old knowledge, beliefs, behaviors, dogmas, and doctrines that no longer align with their authentic life and truth. That same wisdom also helps people simplify life by letting go of possessions and relationships they no longer need.
AWE or REVERENCE for the CREATOR: The Bible offers yet another definition for wisdom: “The fear (the awe or reverence) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
A WISDOM MARINADE: Author Marianne Williamson offered a very insightful definition of wisdom when she wrote:
“Wisdom is like marinade. First you take what a book said, or what a teacher said, and then you mix it with your own ideas. Then you add experience and pour in a few buckets of tears. Add memories of lost love, a pinch of personal humiliation and a teaspoon of deep regrets. Add to that a cup of courage. Leave it to soak for a few years and–voilà!–darn it if you have not become wise.”
Following Marianne Williamson’s advice, I mixed together what I have learned and written about wisdom with what she, Jane Fonda, Sarah Ban Breathnach, and the Bible said about authenticity and wisdom.
Voilà!–a new marinade for wisdom. I think I will post this recipe, this marinade for wisdom, on my refrigerator door:
A HOPE FOR WISDOM IS A HOPE TO:
1) live in awe or reverence of the Creator
2) live knowledge earned from experience
3) live and let go of what is not needed anymore
4) live an authentic life
5) live personal form of worship and everyday life that becomes prayer
I hope you enjoy the YouTube video below of Jane Fonda’s interview about wisdom.
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