"To know that even one life breathed easier because you lived is success"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Oh, Wise One
Relish experience; value knowledge. Embrace the timelessness of wisdom and allow its principles to govern your steps.
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“The quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true and right, coupled with judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight; the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight; soundness of mind; enlightenment. Wisdom helps us to maintain perspective and serves to inspire”. Wikipedia
“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” Kahil Gibran
It is said that wisdom is timeless; transcendent of ordinary counsel. Some are born with an inherent sense of it, while for others wisdom is accrued through a lifetime of hard fought experience. Whether you are counted among the elite sage of a generation - an individual naturally gifted of wisdom, one known to be of deep contemplation, reflection and insight, or you are a person whose sense of forbearance through many a trial as evidenced by way of stripe or scar has forged within you a deep sense of knowing and reason, regardless of form, you exist a fount of knowledge, invaluable in resource to others.
I find it quite interesting that by definition the herb known as sage often used in cooking has its root name derived from the Latin ‘Salvare’ which means to heal or to save. Cultivated throughout Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and Asia Minor, it was very popular among the Greeks and Romans who used it for not only its preservative properties, but also its medicinal. It was long revered as a wonder herb that cured disease, and was thought to have sacred qualities. There is a parallel to its counter, by definition: ‘sage wisdom’, for the purity and clarity of wisdom we hold in esteem, oft seeking its counsel to resolve or heal conflict, to aid in the making of judicious decisions, to realign, calibrate and balance perspective, and to circumspectly contemplate and weigh an array of variable options. To abide, consent, or sit with wisdom therein is indeed a sensible goal.
Wisdom is to be cherished and thoughtfully shared by way of grace. Those who have traveled the road before us have very well borne much in the way of hardship to clear preciously uncharted territory in order to open pathways to ease our journey forward; the torch for many has now passed. It is now we who must serve as wise and prudent counsel for those who follow in our wake. While we cannot walk in their stead - they must persevere, we shall not hesitate to be the voice of experience, to serve faithfully as mentor, coach, guide and counsel.
“Learn from the ways of a seedling. A seedling which is never hardened off through stressful situations will never become a strong, productive plant.” Stephen Sigmund