Being wise is not about being a genius or knowing all about life and all matters connected to it. It’s not just about having ample experience. It’s also not simply about learning how to be a good judge or learning how to depend on our own intuitions. Being wise is a combination of all these things. No one is born wise. It’s simply a choice we are offered in this life. Here are a few things life makes us realize with experience…
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
– Lao Tzu
Planning everything perfectly well, but not taking that first step leads us nowhere. Working to execute the plan is the most important thing. So plan out the work and work out the plan.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
All the great revolutionaries never walked the beaten track. They charted their own path, were trailblazers and therefore they became great revolutionaries.
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
– Jim Rohn
A well planned work not executed with discipline, never leads to the accomplishment of the set goals.
“It’s not what you look at matters, it’s what you see.”
– Henry David Thoreau
Wisdom is all about seeing for the first time that which we have always been looking at.
“When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective.”
– George C. Marshall
We cannot change a single moment of our past. Whatever happened, whether good or bad, has gone. Remember the lessons learnt, so that we don’t repeat the same mistakes again, and move on. Life is lived and goals are attained by living dynamically hundred per cent in the present moment and not by hanging on to the past or being unduly worried and anxious about an uncertain future.
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
– Nelson Mandela
A balance between intelligence and emotion is a must for a happy, successful life.
“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”
– Walt Disney
Let us not compare ourselves with anyone in this world; if we do, we are insulting ourselves. All of us, without exception, are unique beings in this world to serve our own unique purpose, which no one else can serve.
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
– Carl Jung
If we see any negativity in others, it is a reflection of some negativity in our own selves. So this gives us an opportunity to rectify it and move towards our goal of perfection.
“The Pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
– William Arthur Ward
We need to be practical and do whatever is to be done in the immediate present, to get to the destination we set for ourselves.
“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”
– William James