Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.-Edward R. Murrow
Bigger is not always better. Having better clothes or a better car doesn’t make us better people. Having a whole world of information at our fingertips doesn’t make us any wiser at all–it just means that we have access to more information than people used to have access to.
Many of us mistake this information for wisdom. To be wise, though, we can’t just know things–we have to understand them and understand their principles. If we’re going to be wise, we can’t just share facts and figures–we have to share why’s and how’s. We must reach a deeper understanding of most things and then share that understanding with others, or else our wisdom will be for naught.
Wisdom isn’t using big words–most wisdom is breathtaking in its simplicity. Wisdom isn’t having the answer for everything–it’s often wiser to allow someone else to find his or her own answers to a problem or dilemma.
These days we’re tempted to feel wise because we know more, but quantity doesn’t mean quality. What we share can reach much farther through the Internet and the phone lines, but the distance doesn’t mean as much as depth.
Questions to ponder:
1. In what ways are you truly wise?
2. In which ways are you most effective in sharing your wisdom?
3. How can you grow to be even wiser?
For further thought:
To have lived long does not necessarily imply the gathering of much wisdom and experience. One who has pedaled twenty-five thousand miles on a stationary bicycle has not circled the globe. He or she has only garnered weariness.-Paul Eldridge