Wisdom is a challenging virtue to define. Nevertheless, is often easily identified in enlightened individuals who possess it. Many psychologists question whether this form of understanding is linked to happiness. I argue wisdom could be an essential and untouched factor in our pursuit in experiencing contentment on our journey. Does this mean the wise are on cloud nine all the time and are jumping with joy? NO, but they do have a particular outlook on life and are usually more attentive to the silent clues we are all given as to how our lives are unfolding. Is wisdom a trait one can cultivate? I think it is, but one must assess and obtain a deeper understanding of the path, wise individuals decide to take.
1. The wise accept that life is a mixture of ups and downs. They reflect and learn from their blessings and hardships.
2. They tend to tackle tough decisions and difficult obstacles in a calm manner.
3. The wise choose to see the bigger picture.
4. They can distinguish right from wrong and make sound moral decisions that benefit all not just themselves.
5. The wise are commonly more flexible and less rigid to change. They are interested in a wide range of topics and continuously work to expand their knowledge. Consciously aware, the more they learn, the less they know, and the more they realize their knowledge is a drop in the ocean. An ocean that is ever expanding and never ending.
6. The wise are curious, often questioning, WHY? They have a yearning to understand people and the world around them.
7. They are realistic; they are attentive to how challenging life can be and put the complexities of their journey into perspective.
8. They are calmer and tend not to panic or distress when problems come their way.
9. The wise take pleasure in simple things, nature, walking, playing with children. They know how tough times can get therefore they always seize the opportunity to enjoy the sweetness of peaceful times.
10. The wise are confident and humorous; they have no problem cracking a joke about themselves.
11. They are polite and diplomatic. They never force their opinion or judgment on others.
12. They are at peace with themselves, they understand and accept their flaws.
13. The wise forgive others; always taking into account sometimes hurt is unintentional.
14. They don’t envy and have a strong belief that there is enough to go around for everybody.
15. The wise listen more and use their words cautiously.
To conclude, the wise don’t adopt the above qualities for others to acknowledge their wisdom. They are what they are! They choose a certain way of living, thinking, acting, reacting that creates peace and harmony in their lives and people’s lives around them. This sense of balance enables them to enjoy and appreciate their journey and stride through their lives, ever present, and content.