“We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.” – Samuel Smiles
I am open to Wisdom in any size, shape or form it may present itself. Wisdom is something I aim and strive for.
The world is thinking about making money and here I am thinking about gaining wisdom! I can sometimes laugh at myself and my ways of thinking, but the best part about my openness, aims and strives is that I know they fulfill me, enrich me, satisfy me and most of all make me happy.
What I mean by Wisdom?
I would say that wisdom is the ability to use the best means at the best time to accomplish the best ends. It is not just a matter of knowledge about everything, but a sensible and practical application of that knowledge to the ordinary events of our life. It’s the awareness to be sensitive to a certain situation, to a certain person, not influenced by any corruption of the past. I would even go a step further and say that wisdom relates to developing an eternally positive perspective on life.
I rather strive for a treasure that can only multiply and never be stolen, than strive for money and riches which can literally ditch you when the going gets tough. Wisdom is that one treasure that will keep you afloat whatever the odds.
Thats the reason when I am faced with hardships and pains, I never turn back and run. I face it head on cause I have the right ammunition(openness to wisdom) to face it.
I am not saying I am wise and that I have all the answers…far from it! What I mean is, when I am striving for wisdom, all the problems and pains don’t seem that big. They don’t seem to be earth shattering issues which make my heart stop. I know the difference between right and wrong….and that’s all cause I am open to wisdom. Every experience & every person in our life is a treasure trove full of wisdom. Lets tap into it.
How to be Open to Wisdom Everyday?
Here are a few ways I stay open to wisdom everyday. They are simple enough and oh so soul nurturing:
4 Soul Nurturing ways to being Open to Wisdom Everyday
1} OPEN TO EXPERIENCE ~ Our life is an ongoing river of experiences. These experiences may be created or brought on by not so happy situations ..but nonetheless they are OUR experiences. When we are open to experiencing life fully, we realize that there is always something to gain from any experience we may face. Positive or negative gain is left to our levels of understanding and emotional choice. I am open to having every experience fully. To be completely immersed in that feeling, that emotion of the experience makes me wiser for future encounters. If you feel like you need more experience then get out there and meet new people or join a class. The more you get out of your comfort zone the more experience you gain. As I keep striving to apply this new found experiential wisdom in my everyday life, I can see that my experiences get even more meaningful, even more deeper, even more richer, even more beautiful.
2} OPEN TO LEARNING ~ Being closed to learning is like being closed to life itself. Saying “I know everything” is NOT being wise, its being foolish. If you aren’t learning in every given moment of every given day, then its a waste of the grey matter we are all SO blessed with. I keep myself open to learning by being completely aware of my surroundings. On days when I feel a bit busy and feel like I haven’t learnt as much- I listen to an inspiring Ted talk, or re-read The Magic of thinking Big & Seven Spiritual laws of Success. I learn by making an effort to read something new, something completely out of my comfort zone too. The new and the old both have the power to get that grey matter stimulated. It makes for meaningful living and a wiser you.
3} OPEN TO REFLECTION ~ When we reflect we understand the secrets of life itself. Making a habit to reflect on your day, everyday, paves the way for better days ahead. This is where keeping a small journal comes into play. Every-night before going to bed I write in my journal…even if its just a few lines. I write about the experiences I have had today and the lessons learned from them. I reflect on what, where and how I could have been more positive and loving. I meditate on a certain idea in order to get answers from the Divine too. Reflection can be one of the most potent tools in creating the life you want and in understanding your own truth. Reflection just naturally leaves you wiser.
4} OPEN TO LOVE ~ I LOVE love 🙂 I do. I say it openly and blatantly. I don’t mince words when it comes to what or who I love. I believe life is too short to hold it all in. If you love something or someone express it. Why hold it in…share it with the world and make it more loving. I wear my heart on my sleeve and this makes me more open to love. When I am loving, the world and everyone in it reacts with love too. Ever notice how a heart smile is always reflected back almost instantly…that’s proof of love! Being open to love makes you more reachable, more approachable, more giving, more true. And this love has the power to open doors to the flood of wisdom we never knew existed. Like Rumi says, “Through Love all that is bitter will be sweet, Through Love all that is copper will be gold, Through Love all dregs will become wine, through Love all pain will turn to medicine.”
I may never be very wise, but I know one thing, that being open to wisdom has made me the happiest I could ever be.
“God, Grant me the serenity; To accept the things I cannot change; The courage, to change the things I can; And the wisdom, to know the difference.”
My wisdom treasure trove is growing everyday. How about you? Are you open to wisdom too? Please share you thoughts and your wisdom in the comments below. I would love to learn from you.
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