(Monday – 04/21/2014)
Often times, convergence occurs when a thought or idea becomes reinforced by different sources. I had been considering writing about words that have personal relevance, deeper meaning or impact for me. Then one of my recent blog articles is “Liked” by a writer (Lynnette Noni) who wrote about how Words Are Beautiful.
When I was a kid, the idea of wisdom appealed to me for no apparent reason. I didn’t really know what it meant, but thought it was something I wanted. I felt that if had wisdom, I would be set for life. Today, I don’t know if I have it or not, but hope I am able to tap into it regularly, certainly when important decisions are concerned.
Wisdom is defined by Wikipedia as the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. Other descriptions may include: knowledge that is gained by having many experiences in life; the natural ability to understand things that most other people cannot understand; knowledge of what is proper or reasonable; good sense; and judgment.
I might define it as doing the right thing for yourself, your family or the community. Another way of describing wisdom could be “Living the Golden Rule.” The text book definition seems to point to accessing one’s experience/knowledge as the basis for one’s wisdom. Deepak Chopra, on the other hand, speaks about one’s inner wisdom which is universal and seems to transcend personal experience. Intuition may also be an appropriate word for what Chopra is referring to.
Therefore, we have two types of wisdom: conscious and unconscious. Wisdom we use from knowing what to do from our experience and wisdom from just knowing.
Interestingly, just knowing what to do can seem in direct contrast with doing what experience tells us to do. For example, I seem to be following an inner voice to pursue a second career as a freelance writer. This, at first, is low paying and requires a great deal of work in establishing oneself and becoming a financially sound means of earning a living. Experience would suggest: “get another job as an IT executive.” The pay is very good, but opportunities for fulfillment, authentic creative expression and engagement may be limited. I have reached a good compromise – pursue writing and the two promising job prospects I currently have in the queue. If one of the jobs materializes, it was meant to be (I will still continue to write as much as I can). If neither job pans out, then I will focus full time on writing.
Having two sources of wisdom gives me greater balance. Inner wisdom can validate experience and vice versa. But with all things being equal, inner wisdom trumps experience. When in doubt – Trust your Heart!