Wisdom is a quality that shines through in people. When we meet someone who is wise, we can sense it in their words and actions.
Perhaps you can think of someone in your life who embodies this quality – whether it’s a family member, friend, colleague, or public figure.
Wise people have a way of saying just the right thing at the right time, putting us at ease and making us feel heard. We rely on them for guidance when we’re uncertain or facing a difficult decision.
But what exactly is wisdom? Some people believe that it’s an innate trait that you’re either born with or not.
However, intelligence and wisdom are not the same things.
While intelligent people may be quick to understand complex ideas, not all of them possess wisdom.
Wisdom is something that develops over time, through experience and reflection.
It allows us to navigate life’s challenges with grace and balance, and to make decisions that are grounded in our values and priorities.
If you’re interested in cultivating more wisdom in your own life, consider adopting these mantras:
1) They See the World with a Broader Lens
For starters, wise people see the world from a broader lens, allowing them to have an open mind.
They know that the world is wide and operates in more complex ways than we initially think – everyone lives differently than others, but at the same time, we’re all interconnected.
Just because we don’t understand something, it doesn’t mean it’s not right. And a wise person often pauses to learn more about the things unfamiliar to them.
This broad understanding of how things work allows wise people to be less reactive when they know they haven’t gathered enough information about a situation yet.
This also makes them great listeners, not imposing on other people their beliefs without hearing their side yet.
Knowing that the world is big gives a sense of calmness that they’re not alone, anyone can find a way out of setbacks, and it’s never too late to learn.
2) Petty Problems are Simply What They Are – Petty
Since having a broad worldview allows wise people to attain a state of calmness, they usually don’t worry over little things.
They know that some things are out of their control, and worrying about it won’t do anything well, only making them feel bad.
But this is not to say that wise people just let things be – they don’t sweat the small stuff because they know it can easily be resolved if possible.
Wise people don’t sweat the small stuff because they know things aren’t always as bad as it seems, and there’s always a way out.
I know it’s hard to stay calm in difficult situations. Wise people would know this because they experience this too sometimes.
Many of us get anxious over different things, and that’s why it’s necessary to seek needed support, and practice ways to keep yourself calm, grounding yourself in reality and away from intrusive thoughts.
3) Be Empathetic Because People Face Struggles We Don’t Know About
Wise people have a broad and deep perspective on things. Because of this, they’re also usually empathetic about other people.
This is because everyone has struggles we don’t know about. A wise person’s broad worldview allows them to suspend judgments, ask questions, or give people the benefit of the doubt first.
They usually avoid viewing people as black and white because they know humans are complex beings, usually honed by their upbringing.
Wise people know that others have different ways of living, so they usually don’t judge, especially about things they don’t understand yet.
Some people who believe they’re wise but only come off as arrogant tend to speak over other people or invalidate them.
But true wisdom listens and puts themselves in the shoes of others, imagining how it must’ve been for others.
That’s why they’re usually reliable, telling you the words you need to hear.
4) Always Stick to Your Morals
Wise people may have an open mind, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their own principles and stick to them.
If anything, they know they have to stick to their beliefs all the more to avoid losing themselves in the process.
They know the world is broad, and they’ll meet different people and face countless struggles.
Because of this, they know they’d need a set of morals to keep them grounded in doing the right things and changing for the better.
A wise person strives to do good.
This is because they know that bad actions or hurting other people tend to have graver consequences.
Since they have a broad and deep understanding of things, they know how hard it is for others to be hurt, betrayed, or cheated on.
Aside from this, many wise people would choose to live their lives to the fullest with peace of mind.
5) Every Problem Has a Solution
Everyone faces problems or setbacks in life.
Wise people try to handle these situations with optimism as much as possible and focus on proactively looking for ways to solve their problems.
They also try to be resourceful, exhausting all options possible. It can get difficult, but they know they’ll gather important lessons.
A wise person also tries hard not to allow worrying to get the best of them because this tends to be counterproductive.
But this is not to say that wise people don’t worry or get anxious too because they do – it’s all part of the process.
They try hard to not give up because they know it shall pass, relying on their loved ones for support.
I know how difficult it can get to overcome problems or struggles we encounter in life.
It’s worth remembering that you’re loved and valid, and you can eventually come out of these hardships stronger and wiser.
6) The World Offers Lessons, Even in Unimaginable Situations
Wise people are always eager to learn new things, as they believe that the world is broad and offers a lot of things for you to know.
Because of this, they believe that you can gather lessons even in the most unimaginable situations.
That’s why a wise person doesn’t let their prejudice or arrogance get in the way of them learning these important lessons, which will eventually get in handy to elevate their lives.
A wise person doesn’t usually judge other people.
Aside from being empathetic, they know that every person can offer important life lessons from their unique experiences.
Wise people aren’t arrogant people who believe they’re better than other people.
Judging other people can be a habit that’s hard to break – I can relate.
But it’s worth trying to suspend preconceived notions because you may be surprised.
During difficult moments, I become surprised at how strange people I meet, whatever their status in life is, seem to say the right things and share their wisdom with me.
7) Do the Things You Do with a Passion for Learning
As wise people tend to have a passion for learning new things or gaining fresh insights, they also usually work hard and smart.
For them, every day is an opportunity to grow and improve in the things they do. But while this is the case, they still listen to their bodies and try to relax when needed.
This is because they know that resting is also a vital part of improving your skills.
I’ve always considered myself a hard worker, but I used to always strain myself to the point of burning out.
This has affected my output and relationship with work – I’ve learned this the hard way.
That’s why I always try to be kind to myself and balance work and relaxation. I realize I enjoy working more that way and tend to have better output.
8) Perfection Can Hinder Growth
Many people strive for perfection as some think that’s what being wise means. While it’s truly remarkable to do the things you do excellently, perfection can also hinder growth.
Wise people do their best all the time, but they try not to beat themselves up for making mistakes.
You can be excellent today, but being average the next day doesn’t make you less of a person.
Wise people view mistakes differently – they think these are opportunities to learn new things, a chance for everyone to grow.
Whenever I made mistakes, I usually got anxious about them. But now, I realized there’s nothing I can do to change it, but I can control how I act and learn from it.
9) Peace of Mind is More Valuable than Worldly Pleasures
As mentioned, wise people tend to have a broad understanding of life. Because of this, they also realize what really matters.
At the end of the day, your loved ones, happiness, and peace of mind are important more than worldly pleasures.
Because of this, wise people also won’t sacrifice their principles and peace of mind by doing things against their will for career, status, and other worldly pleasures.
If they want something, they try to work hard for it in a just way that doesn’t trample on other people.
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