Becoming Wise, the reward for getting older

cropped owl April 2014 166_edited-2This week I thought it would be good to consider the good things that come with getting older. The topic of wisdom is one that we explored as part of my Msc in Applied Positive Psychology.

In modern society there is often a focus on the young and staying youthful as if aging is in some way wrong. What a shame that so many people become anxious about this natural progression.

In more ancient societies age and wisdom were prized and the various phases of our life each had a value. In my studies at university the following points were presented:

  • Wisdom is made up of a rich store of “declarative” knowledge, the knowing of facts about development and the importance of the context.
  • There is a rich repertoire of “procedural” knowledge, the know how to perform certain skills such as complex decision making about interpersonal problems and conflict resolution.
  • Wisdom is the ability to appreciate the many themes and contexts in life such as family, self, community, culture etc and the inter-relations across a life span.
  • It also brings tolerance for differences in values and priorities. The wise person is respectful of the unique set of values an individual holds even if they differ from their own.
  • And with wisdom we are more able to handle ambiguity and uncertainty. We recognise that when problem solving information is often incomplete with regard to the past and the present while uncertain about the future. All of this is taken into account when solving problems.

Perhaps most interesting of all during my studies was the fact that wisdom is not guaranteed as we get older, we need to be open to it. Also there are wise young people too.

Are you allowing yourself to embrace your potential for wisdom?

Are you letting go of superficial judgements encouraged by society?

Are you ready to be wise enough to be happy just as you are?

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About Melody @ GWizlearning

Melody spent fourteen years gathering experience of the business world working in banking, telecommunications and the public sector before co-founding The GWiz Learning Partnership in 1993. Melody has a Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology, a degree in Psychology and a diploma in Psychotherapy. She is an NLP Master Trainer which allows her to run NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer Training courses certified by the Positive School of Intrinsic Neuro-Linguistc Psychology. She is also a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner and EI practitioner and added to all this is five years Transactional Analysis training, meaning she is able to help organisations access the hidden potential in their staff. She is also in demand for her work in transforming average or even troubled teams into high performers. Melody is a visiting lecturer at University of East London, teaching "Wellbeing and Positive Psychology" to undergraduates. Additionally, she is a member of the CIPD and is ILM accredited. Melody's interests are many and varied. She has a keen interest in personal development, canine and wolf psychology, conservation, movies and running. She also enjoys western horse riding, walking the GWiz dogs, nature watching and stage combat (particularly sword fighting).
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2 Responses to Becoming Wise, the reward for getting older

  1. Hi Melody. Your old fan Patricia here. I go along with this of course and obtained my life coaching diplomat at age 68 to prove it. I now have a website and have written five books. Designed an online course. My speciality is helping people to come from under the tyranny of the scales and dieting. But I am also doing a side line in Ageing with Vitality. Coaching for people who want to make positive changes in their older age. I used to wonder if I was too old, but now realise that people respect the wisdom of older age. I have also studied up on the Law of Attraction and love it. It has changed my outlook on life considerably.

  2. Hi Patricia, great to hear from you as always 😃 The things you are doing all sound brilliant!

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