171 – Wisdom v2

Readers provided many outstanding comments on my Wisdom walk. I dedicate this walk to my readers because these are your words – not mine. I compile the thoughts and attempt to provide a common voice. Thank you, readers – and this walk is my salute to you.

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I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Wisdom is a journey involving thought, guidance, and experience – gained by living with the ups and downs of life by those willing to accept the wisdom.

Wisdom involves learning from experiences and making deductions based on that learning. We learn not only from our experiences but also from the metaphorical stories parents, ancestors, and elders pass on to us. Learning from the experiences of friends, colleagues, and others that they tell us. Let’s not forget to learn from history.

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Wisdom is when we realize every person is a collection of stories. We gain intelligence through those stories – and intelligence can lead us to wisdom.

We gain wisdom through all experiences – the good and the bad – the successes and the struggles. Perhaps compassion and empathy are aspects of the realm called wisdom.

Wisdom comes with experiences. “A wise old owl sat on an oak, the more he saw the less he spoke, the less he spoke the more he heard. Why can’t we be like that old bird?” Maybe wisdom starts with listening.

Wisdom can come to us in words – in measured openness – in listening to others – then speaking when someone needs to hear the message – and admitting when we are wrong.

Wisdom is the ability to evaluate the difference between knowing and understanding – about learning from experiences, not just having them.

Wisdom gradually happens – acting slowly, patiently, and continually intertwining with the present, past, and innate. Wisdom starts with the child’s innocent smile showing trust in their parents. Their wisdom grows as a toddler when attempting to walk – trying, falling, trying again, falling again, and eventually walking.

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The wise know life is too short to be pulled out to sea by the tide of bad decision-making. Wisdom is knowing what lessons from the past are relevant today and in the future. Wisdom is accepting that you do not know.

Wisdom is everywhere. Wisdom surrounds us – in people and nature. The wise not only realize this, but they also take advantage of wisdom’s presence by absorbing it, learning from it, and growing from it. The wise relish gaining wisdom so they know not to ignore it.

Wisdom is recognizing the limitation of our human experience because we are limited as individuals and a species. Wisdom recognizes that we know very little about the vastness and complexity of existence.

Wisdom is having curiosity and combining it with the unknown -but realizing that gaining wisdom is seldom a straight line.

Wisdom is different from being smart – different from being knowledgeable – different from being an expert. Some people are smart but not wise. Other people are wise, but not smart.

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I wonder about the relationship between wisdom and common sense. All of us have had moments of being more smart than wise. Maybe wisdom is just discernment.

Wisdom involves waiting – not rushing to the next thing – favoring patience over impatience as we work toward the next milestone. Perhaps wisdom is slowing down, living, and then evaluating the moment.

Wisdom is like a seed needing time to develop and careful cultivation – but we still can be fooled.

Wisdom is like a fine wine because it deepens and becomes richer in flavor the longer it ages. Like wine, everyone grows old but not all become wise. Is wisdom a reward for survival and compensation for an aging body?

Wisdom is quite a personal thing because each person responds with wisdom in different ways, words, and actions. Even siblings brought up in the same family respond differently and have their own opinions.

I wonder some questions. If more people had the wisdom of a toddler’s smile, would the world be more pleasant? If wisdom guided each decision made in life, would life be better? Can anyone be that wise? However, the truly wise have no idea of the scope of their wisdom because they continue to learn and accept being (at times) lucky.

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Maybe wisdom is when we start to put it all together, realizing that success isn’t all luck because we gain wisdom by learning from mistakes and making reasonable decisions. However, realizing and accepting when we are lucky.

Maybe wisdom is like sunshine. As the sun shines on the people at the beach, maybe the people will let the wisdom shine. Let it shine.

I’m lucky right now because I got the chance to use the words of others about wisdom and share them on another beach walk. I’m also grateful for the wisdom to recognize wise thoughts. I may not be wise about everything, but I’m wise enough to walk on the beach. After all, walking on the beach is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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88 thoughts on “171 – Wisdom v2”

  1. ‘…the less he spoke, the more he heard…’ I like this quote, Frank. And with the more you hear, the more you realise that not everything being spoken is wise! 😂 Although sometimes, I do wish I’d listen more to what I’m saying too! 🙄😊
    Happy Saturday!

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  2. Lots of wise remarks about wisdom – I’d like to think that as we get older we FEEL more wise due to our experiences and lessons learned but there’s no guarantee that’s the case. I just know that I’ve been wise enough to avoid some pitfalls and wise enough to pick myself up and move on when I didn’t avoid them.

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Thanks for shouting out readers because they deserve it. I agree that age isn’t a guarantee of wisdom. Then again, maybe it is from the individual perspective – meaning they my not be wise for our point of view, but they are wiser now than before. Then again, that’s also a scary thought. 😉 Thanks for sharing.


  3. The thing is, smarts only go so far. Lots of smart people in the world, but how many possess the wisdom to chart a course? Nicely woven collection of people’s thoughts on the topic, Cincy.

    PS- The Cincy Mayor has smarts, but he seems to be lacking the wisdom when it comes to thinking something and actually putting it out there! 😉

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      1. Smart is knowing how to crack a safe. Wisdom is knowing who to hire as your extraction team. The details matter, in everything.

        The Mayor’s people . . what the hell are THEY doing? Doesn’t one person in the group go “Hey Boss, no this ain’t it,”? And really, why in the blessed hell does the mayor need to be told in the first place?

        And Eli Apple going off? Does he maybe forget that he’s got a long way to go to justify his busted past? Shush and play man!

        All that said, I still want you guys to win it all, but Mahomes is going to be ready to end the schneid. Should be a classic.

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              1. I have noticed a lot of “Rigged” nonsense going around and that’s not where I’m coming from. The league isn’t rigging games, they don’t have to. There’s no sense to it since they could get half the country to watch two teams play in a parking lot. My problem is that with this matrimony with legal gambling companies, it’s a slippery slope. All it takes is one or two individuals to change the way the sporting public views the league. Would it survive such a scandal? Probably, but it wouldn’t be the same.

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        1. Very impressive & Happy 13th! I imagine many bloggers start out then stop within a couple of years. I was at AFA for 11 1/2 years … then started this one (Oct 2020) as a fresh start & different format. I wonder about those operating 2 blogs at the same time.


  4. Wisdom is something we all need in our lives. But I am afraid many people who deem themselves wise are actually not wise at all. I always think of the young 20 year olds in college who think they know more than their parents. Life teaches wisdom as we learn from our mistakes. Good old horse sense helps.

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    1. Peggy,
      Good points. I image the young thinking they know more than their parents is a common thing that happens with each generation. Kind of like what goes around, comes around. Life experiences are worth a lot … and that only comes one way. Then again, certain people thinking they are wise is another consistency from one generation to the next. Thanks for walking along and sharing.

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  5. Oh, excellent! Many of us grow too soon old and not wise soon enough. I especially liked your observation that we are all a collection of stories. The writer in me wonders what would happen if you took those stories away. A good plot for a fantasy novel.

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  6. Another lovely walk, Frank … and that pianist is quite good! I had to look up Fibonacci Sequence (yes, what we don’t use regularly gets filed too far back to call it forward sometimes!) Fascinating number sequence!

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    1. Debbie,
      Thank you for the kind words. Thumbs up credit to the readers who provided excellent comments for me to compile. Glad you enjoyed the video. Yes – a wonderful pianist …. and putting it to music is a joy! Fibonacci is something that has made its way into a few other parts in both the past and in the future. Thanks for walking along and sharing.

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    1. Cindy,
      Thanks for the kind words, but props should go to the readers who made them because all I did was select and compile what I thought were the best comments then attempt to weave them into something meaningful. Nonetheless, we gain wisdom everyday … and for those who take the time to think & reflect gain more wisdom than those who dont’t. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I enjoyed all these bits of wisdom but this one especially caught me eye: “Wisdom is the ability to evaluate the difference between knowing and understanding – about learning from experiences, not just having them.” I also like the wisdom, common sense, understanding link/idea. Excellent post, all who contributed and Frank as collector and dispenser.

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  8. A marvelous article, Frank and one that I will saving to come back to again during mediation. I especially appreciated this thought. “Wisdom is when we realize every person is a collection of stories. We gain intelligence through those stories – and intelligence can lead us to wisdom.” Thank you for including my post on Benjamin Franklin.

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    1. Rebecca,
      Thanks for the kind words and for sharing a bit of your favorite lines. Although I served as the collector and editor of these comments, credit for these words goes to the readers who made them in the originally Wisdom walk. Glad to link your post. Afte all, if you didn’t write and publish it, I wouldn’t have found it. 🙂 Thanks for walking along.

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  9. I somehow missed Wisdom part 1 but this one showed up in my reader. I agree there is a component of common sense in wisdom. There is also the concept of patience and a ripening of thought and decision. Wisdom is not hasty!


  10. Sorry I’m so late to your walk on the beach, but for some reason WP isn’t forwarding me any posts. Sigh……So I went to Google and found you there. Hmmmm, do I get 1/2 point for Googling you?!

    I applaud all your readers who essentially created this post through their comments. With all the bloggers I follow, I find I love the comments as much as the posts. The comments are a smorgasbord of clever ideas, informative points of interest, and are very often downright hilarious!

    Kudos to you for shining a spotlight on your readers and acknowledging their contribution to this post. I would say that is one definition of wisdom. I will add this little piece of wisdom…
    “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Buddha

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    1. Ginger,
      Wow … I was wondering about you early today – and here you are! Thanks for the extra effort. The WP Gnomes are a sneaky bunch and have a way of creating subtle, unexpected havoc on writers and visitors. Thanks for the heads up … If you have a list of blogs you follow, check them and the settings for mine & others (if any) you’ve encountered problems.

      I’ve done posts with reader comments multiple times. Looking at the Topics List, probably most of “v2” essays are based on reader comments. Both v1 & v2 of Beaches also are based on reader comments. Meanwhile, I like that Buddha quote. Thanks for visiting and sharing.


  11. I’ve always been drawn somehow to older people, they seem to often have a lot of wisdom that comes from all the experiences in the lives they have lived. It seems to me that I loved to hear about it all. Maybe then I might gain some wisdom by paying attention, or by osmosis too. Those tidbits of wisdom have helped me connect with all the elderly souls I care for in my work.

    Thanks for an interesting post…from which to glean some more wisdom!

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  12. I love how you used your wisdom to know it was the right time, right place (post), and the right move to share the words of wisdom of others, nicely done! And yes…walking on the beach is always a wise choice!! If you could transport the beach my way, I’d really appreciate it 😍🤣

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    1. Shelley,
      Thanks for the kind words about using the comments to create another essay. Who knows how many times I said to myself, “WIsh I would have thought of that.” Then it hit me – use them! I used comments to create Beaches v1 and v2 and I never had the original! Thanks for walking along.

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  13. Thoughtful post, Frank. Without being a wise guy, it’s filled with wisdom.
    I’ve always said: I keep learning the same things over again, but now I know them better.

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  14. It’s delightful to read so many “wise” comments, Frank, and wisest people I know anyway, are wise enough to learn from others. Very nice! You do have some wonderful beach walk to move you forward in your quest for understanding.

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    1. Debra,
      There’s no question we learn from others. Think about how humans are social beings, therefore all those interactions being learning experiences that can grow into wisdom. At least I was able to identify the wisdom of online interactions. Meanwhile, walking on the beach is relaxing, reflective, and thought provoking … both a getaway and an intellectual journey.


  15. Frank, Mrs. Chess and I both agree we’ve gotten more wise with age and our additional life experiences. I think just being exposed to more living brings not only common sense into greater focus, but also having met similar challenges and questions earlier. I don’t know if younger generations realize the vast, untapped resource they have with folks of our age but I strongly believe people like us, while not having all the answers by a long shot, can provide insight and context to those who haven’t been around quite as long…even if the world has changed so much in the interim. This is a very wise post, indeed!

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    1. Bruce,
      I’m right with you about the role of age and experience in wisdom. It’s always been that way and always will be. Regarding your thoughts the younger generation, that another one that always has and always will be. When we were the younger generation, the same thoughts were there. Perspective is the only thing that has changed. When the younger generation loved Elvis, the older didn’t. But when they loved their big band music, the older generation did. Just something to mull over. Thanks for sharing!

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