I love talking with people. Especially if they have a lot of life experience. They seem to have wisdom that oozes from every pore.
Granted, some are cynical and angry. And also granted, wisdom is not limited to those with a lot of life experience. There’s an amazing difference between being “smart” and being “wise.”
To be smart, you have to learn a lot of things you may or may not ever use again, usually from books and lectures.
To be wise, you have to learn a lot of things that you will use again and again in the actual functioning of your life.
Here are of the tidbits of thinking I’ve discovered, borrowed, found, stolen or otherwise acquired during my dance around this orb:
“Don’t piss off a skunk!”
“A bear can’t make Moosetracks properly, it’s the whole ‘opposable thumb’ issue.”
“Camels don’t drink often, but they still need to drink.”
“If you’re dumb enough to grab a snake by the tail, expect him to bite yours.”
“Elephants and women remember everything!”
“If you don’t want me looking at it, don’t put it where I can see it.”
“When you listen, use both ears and your heart.”
“Bridges help you get to the other side. They also help whatever is on the other side come to you.”
“Never say ‘if it were up to me, I would…’ if they had wanted your input, you would have been in on the ground floor.”
“If you want to guarantee to wake up early on the weekend, advertise your yard sale.”
“If you don’t want advice, don’t air your concerns.”
“If you don’t like the way something looks, don’t look at it.”
“Never look up when you walk under birds.”
I’m always amazed by the simplicity of wisdom and love sharing what I’ve learned.