The Wisdom List

The other night, while I was watching the Olympics, I had a revelation.  I had kind of spaced out while some Russian girl was on the uneven parallel bars, and all of a sudden, it came to me.  I figured out something about myself that had bothered me for years!  There must have been something in the air that night because the Russian girl ended up winning the gold too, so there was good stuff all around.

Anyway, having learned something about myself, I got to thinking about learning in general.  I thought that it would be pretty neat-o for us to share all of our wisdom with each other here on this blog.  And so the idea for The Wisdom List was born.

I invite you to share your favorite, hardest-earned, pithiest, most magical bits of sagacity and enlightenment on this post.  I will collect them all and post them in an upcoming post.  AND I will award a prize for the most edifying.  You can post funny things, truly enlightening things, even a quote or bit of wisdom from someone else.  It should just be something that rings true, even if for only one teeny little moment in time.

I’ll get the ball rolling with some of my favorite bits of wisdom:

1.  Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know (Pema Chodron).

2.  Perspective is worth 80 IQ points.

3.  Pants first, then shoes.

4.  Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.

OK, now your turn!  Remember, the best entrant will win an original “aim4wisdom” prize!

12 responses

  1. 1. When it comes to people, if you hope for the best but expect the worst, you’ll never be disappointed.

    2. “Wish in one hand and sh** in the other and see which hand fills up first.” (D. Mercaldo, one of my great life-teachers)

    3. Do unto others as you would have done to yourself.

    4. Youth is wasted on the young

  2. 1. “When you hear hoof beats, think horses not zebras” – usually used in the medical field but I think it applies to more.

    2. Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better – Jim Rohn

    3. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity. – unknown

    I don’t have any pithy ones of my own.

  3. 1. When you feel paralyzed and buried by life, take a deep breath and one tiny step forward–each tiny step forward will build on the previous and before you know it you have forward momentum.
    2. Seek out the positive in each situation and keep that at your core, those positive feelings are contagious.
    3. Strive to find happiness in each and every day; enjoy each day to its fullest because we never know how many we get. Ruth Sklar (my grandma)
    4. Take a moment every day to pause and appreciate each and every one of the blessings in your life, the love you feel in that moment will carry you through.
    5. Age is just a number–it is how old you feel that matters. Ruth Sklar (my grandma)

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