Acquiring Wisdom

“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”
—Proverbs (4:7)

  “When you’re deluded, every statement is an ulcer; when you’re enlightened, every word is wisdom.”
— Zhiqu

 Wisdom is your foundation. It is the beginning of any new learning. Even from the beginning of our lives, we build on what we know. We learn to walk, to talk, to eat properly. Everything else we ever did in life built upon that. Fast-forward to today, and you know all kinds of things that your child mind could not comprehend.  You are smarter and wiser.  Wisdom is the tool that opens up our world. Any change comes from learning gained in the past. If there is no new learning there is no change, no growth. If we do not seek wisdom, we limit ourselves. We limit our lives and our very potential.

In a world where we can do an internet search on virtually any topic, it’s hard to see the value in any real learning. But to get an idea, take this concept back to the very beginning. What if your knowledge of walking was limited to an internet search? Would you really know how to walk? No. The internet search might provide you with the details of how to walk, but it lacks experience. It lacks parental encouragement, assistance and experience of how to walk. It lacks the benefit of failure. Failure in walking plus constant encouragement from our parents is what kept us trying to walk and eventually succeeding. Failure teaches us what not to do and eventually guides us to what is correct. That’s why it is important not to let failure stop you from a desired goal. Accept it as a teaching and go forward.

 To learn and grow we need education. We need mentors. We need experience. We need failure. This is why the wise person continually seeks all of these things.

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