wise person draws from life, and from every stage of it,
true savour, because only he or she feels the beauty, the
dignity, and the value of life. The flowers of youth may
but the summer, the autumn, and even the winter of
human existence, have their majestic grandeur, which the
person recognizes and glorifies.
Henri Frederic Amiel
me wisdom over knowledge any day! Give me the ability
to appreciate this world we're in, to understand my fellow
human beings and be able to help them in concrete ways, to
be able to give and receive and live and love. I know
plenty of people who are incredibly book smart, but who
don't feel life because they're always too busy
analyzing it and trying to find purposes and reasons.
This kind of approach is important to us as a species, but
in balance with other approaches, with other views.
I'm wise, I won't worry about growing old, for I know that
there's a time for everything. I won't worry about
whether someone likes me or not, for I know that all things
can't be. I won't worry about the things that I don't
have, for not having them diminishes me not one bit. I
won't worry about the future and regret the past, for I know
that only the present moment truly matters, for it's all
that we can live.
I'm wise, I will keep my eyes open and notice things
that other people pass by or dismiss as trivial. I
will stop and smell the flowers and marvel at the snow and
ice. I will give of myself as much as I can, knowing
that in giving comes our true growth. I will be
grateful for each new day of life that I receive, for I know
that each day is a gift, and it's up to me to make something
of that gift.
would truly regret going through life without seeing
"the beauty, the dignity, and the value of
life." It would be like paying for a first-class
ticket on a long flight and spending the entire trip
standing in the aisle in coach. Let me be wise!
Let me see, and feel, and love. Knowledge helps me in
my job and in conversations with others, but wisdom helps me