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?