Hermann Hesse said, "Wisdom can not be imparted. Wisdom that we might attempt to impart, sounds like foolishness to the listener. Knowledge can be communicated but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders with it, but one can not communicate and teach it." So where can we find it so that we can live it and do these wonders everyday? I define wisdom as the ability to take knowledge from the past and apply it at the right time, in the right way to achieve the best result possible in the present. Sadly to say this is not as easy as it sounds. Wisdom has to be personally unlocked.
1.Experience – Like it or not, wisdom is not something we can go to the store and buy. We might be able to go to someone to get their advice or their wisdom but it doesn't become our wisdom until we experience the successes and failures and make it to the other side.
Gaining proper wisdom comes from aligning yourself with the truth, when you hear it or see it. When you are exposed to the truth, what you do with it determines if you are wise. Taking what you experience and running it through the truth, is a key to being wise.
2. Understand - There is a great statement that says, "In all that you try to get in life, get understanding." Being able to think or process what is going on around us is vital to being wise.
Working to put things together in there proper form is called deductive reasoning. You as well as I often wonder why things happen the way they do. Is there a reason or a cause? Having the desire to understand the "whys", is the start of becoming wise. Captivate and absorb as much as you can, from all the places that you can, anytime you can, with truth being your guide; because the more truthful information you have the more you will be able to put things together. A great writer said it this way, "Study to show yourself approved, so that you will be able to apply what you have learned to situations you may face." Truthfully understanding is a key to wisdom.
3. Conscience - Knowing when to and when not to is sometimes hard for the best of us. When faced with challenges, we often want to be wise in making the best choice for the best outcome. So, after we have reviewed "all of the above", we sometimes have to rely on our conscience. Our conscience reflects our true motives. It's the inner sense that separates right from wrong. If our motives are clear and pushing for what's right and true we can usually conclude that we are making a wise choice.
Push to have your motives (heart) pure and focused on the best. Martin Luther King said it this way, “There comes a time when you must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but you must take it because your conscience tells you it is right.” Have a clear (truth focused) conscience, it is a key to wisdom.
Summary - Find your wisdom by analyzing your experiences, seeking to understand life, and having a clear conscience - all based on truth. Then seek to apply that information at the right time, in the right way for the best results possible in the present. Your wisdom has to be personally unlocked by you. Go, pursue your wisdom!