“Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens."
- Jimi Hendrix
Recently, I’ve been trying to listen more recognizing I don’t really know it all. And I don’t always need to interrupt with my opinions, my expertise. But, there is so much knowledge out there today as Google easily make us “know-it-alls.” Yet, it was Socrates who said, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
Wisdom thus comes from carefully keeping our ears and eyes open and our mouths shut. We need to be seeking to understand, interpret, and then use our best judgement to assimilate what we have heard. It’s not always about book smarts or Wikipedia smarts, rather every day I have opportunities to learn from others, from my experiences, from nature. These teachers help us understand ourselves and lead us toward wisdom and sound judgement. In fact, I think I’d rather be called a wise woman than a smart one!