Day 311 (Three-Hundred & Eleven) of 365 days
Do you know where wisdom came from? Wisdom doesn’t just fall from the sky or is instantly obtainable. Wisdom is all about life experiences. Also comes in time. To be wise is to be silent, not quiet. There is a difference between silent and quiet. To be quiet, you don’t have anything to say with your mouth, but you have something in your mind. To be silent, you are willing to listen without something on your mind nor your mouth.
Wise people are calm and they know judgement. They can complain but not much. Wisdom includes the ability to stand back and take the bigger picture while still admiring the details that make the thing function well. With time, a wise person grows deeper in knowledge but does not abuse that knowledge by shutting out others or being the sole repository of ideas and answers; instead, a wise person willingly shares what they have learned and enables the growth of others willing to listen.
Wise" and "smart" are both ways of saying someone knows what to do. The difference is that "wise" means one has a high average outcome across all situations, and "smart" means one does spectacularly well in a few. A wise man does not openly brag of his wisdom. His wisdom lies in being humble in life. He wears the cloak of humbleness and refrains from openly parading his intellect. The wise man pretends that he does not know about anything. He dons himself with the tunic of humility. It is characteristic of all leading thinkers, philosophers. They do not boast of their knowledge and superiority of thought. They welcome criticism and digest it without a demur. They do not think of themselves as superior creatures.
There is no certain way to attain wisdom. Each person endures different experiences in life which makes him wise. Hence, you cannot try to live in the same way as another person to develop wisdom.
Developing both intelligence and wisdom together is a very tough job. You might have the highest educational qualification but still may not be wise. The amount of wisdom in you depends solely on how you react to every situation. In the long run, to become the most intelligent person in our group, we do not realize that without wisdom, all these efforts will be a waste of time. Like Albert Einstein said, “Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”