Wisdom; it is truly something very valuable to have and exercise in your life.  It is also something that can be very misunderstood as some know of the word but don’t really know what it means or how to apply it.  So let’s delve into this a little bit.  Wisdom as defined by Dictionary.com is:

  • the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.


I have another definition of wisdom that I’ve taught in the past and would like for you to consider today.  My personal definition of wisdom is:

  • having wise dominion (dominion being control/stewardship) and application over all that you possess along with knowing when and how to use it.

When I say all I mean your money, knowledge, time, toys, all/everything that you have!  I’ve heard people say that wisdom is a product of age; wealth; social standing; and other material things that people use as status markers, but the truth of the matter is that wisdom does not come with age, in fact wisdom doesn’t come to you at all.  If you want wisdom you have to pursue wisdom because wisdom comes from pursuit, learning, and application.  I have been told most of my life thus far as far back as I can remember (and I have siblings and others several years older than me to back it up) that I have wisdom beyond my years and I never really understood that statement because I’ve only seen the attaining of wisdom happen via pursuit.

Your pursuit of a thing will tell me how much you truly want it, so if you’re not pursuing wisdom and claiming to be wise I doubt you truly are.  This doesn’t mean that you aren’t smart.  You can be smart and know many facts but still lack wisdom.  Wisdom and knowledge differ in one main area; application.  Knowledge can be gained and never applied while wisdom is knowledge continually applied and lived.  I hope this isn’t a confusing post for you, but I needed to get that off my chest because I’m sick and tired of seeing the wisdom of youth being ignored by those that feel they know enough because they are older and I’m also sick of seeing the wisdom of those that are older ignored by those that think that there’s nothing to learn from those that are older and have valid experiences.


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