In January, we shared our view of Health Wealth, this month we will journey into Wisdom Wealth. We will define what it is, how to get it and why it is important to have it…and trust me, it is important to have it.
My definition of Wisdom Wealth is the use of acquired knowledge, usually through experience that enables us to make clear decisions for ourselves, for those around us, and for our world. Let me illustrate by using a fun metaphor: Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Unfortunately few people are innately wise, in other words few if any are born wise. Wisdom is something we acquire and takes time because we do not only learn new skills and ways of thinking but we need to put these skills and ideas to use and connect them to other things. Wisdom in a vacuum is worthless.
I am not quite sure what kind of world it would be if all were wise, because wise and nice don’t necessarily go together. We hope that wise people would be compassionate, caring, understanding, effective, and that they would like to share their wisdom. This is not always the case. Some might make the argument that if they don’t hold the previously mentioned characteristics, they are not truly wise. It is a good argument, however I know many wise people that I would not necessarily want to have cocktails with.
Some might also think that wisdom is universal, meaning that it is homogenous in its makeup to all. What we might find wise in the west is not necessarily viewed as wise in the east. So wisdom can be selective.
The journey into my own Wisdom Wealth has shown me that it takes time and it takes the learned ability for reflection. Connecting thoughts, feelings, projecting consequences, observing ourselves, observing nature, knowing that we really are spiritual beings and that our presence here, in this world, is finite. Living everyday fully, with presence and deliberation in our thoughts and more importantly in our actions.
Wishing you a bank full of Wisdom Wealth.