AltanaESP Glossary

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Approved 11 July, 2020 @ 12:38am by Jan Viljoen (version: 5)


Wisdom - often - is a term or concept which many people interpret a special and mysterious “gift”, only “available” to a selected, privileged and special few wise   individuals. Not true! The truth of the matter is, that all people do have the “gift” or talent of wisdom, but only an exceptional few is actually committed, dedicated and prepared to actually develop, to tweak and refine it by means of critical thinking and then… then, apply or use it in an appropriate manner!

In essence, wisdom is the result of our ability to think critically, utilize our knowledge, experiences, understandings, common sense and insight. As with most things in life, our current level of wisdom   merely is the result of how often we actively practice it. Thus, this is a case of 'use-it-or-loose-it', that can be illustrated as follows…

Normal process flow from collecting data to establish wisdom

Wisdom - in essence - is to simultaneously grasp the bigger picture and UNDERSTAND the detail in context.

To become old and wise, one must be young and foolish first. Thus… in youth we learn; in age we understand. However, we must always be aware of and take responsibility for the possible consequences of our choices made, decisions taken, our deeds and actions.

As a young person, we all make silly mistakes, that at an older age most of us are less likely to repeat. Experience is and remains the best teacher. There comes a time in our lives, when we have to let go of the things we used to do at a younger age, and get “more serious about life”, because we have to face the reality of creating a life for ourselves and avoid some of the foolish things we did in our younger days. We start planning our life's, create goals to achieve the life we dream of. In doing so, we will have to make some difficult choices and take some tough decisions. For instance… a party and social butterfly lifestyle may not longer suit our new life anymore, and as we create that special individual, new plans have to be made.

During this transition process we will make plenty of mistakes, or take wrong decisions, but that is all part of the “evolving” process, We learn from each mistake, and every wrong decision we take. We become a wiser, and a better person, stronger and more independent. The wisdom gained out of living, cannot be compared to anything else, because this wisdom is gained first hand, and from tough lessons learned. Do not look back and regret the mistakes made, accept them as lessons. Do not look at it as wasted time. Thus, facing problems and learning from our experiences   allows us to steadily grow towards mature self-determination and optimal self-actualization.

We are sure to fail and/or stumble a number of times, but do not lose heart and continue to move ahead with great zeal and determination. We can laugh at ourselves for making foolish mistakes, but take care not to repeat them for a second time.