November 1st – Wisdom

Today marks the beginning of a new month. For me, that means an opportunity to shift gears and take my blog in a new direction. For November, I have decided to focus my attention on WISDOM. Wisdom is obviously an infinite subject, but I will learn and share of it what I can for the next thirty days.

Searching for the actual meaning of wisdom, I found that the information from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary resonated the most with me.

Excerpt from the Merriam Webster Dictionary – found here

As noted in previous posts, I am fascinated by those brilliant souls who provide us with quips and quotes that bring clarity to our lives. One of such sources for myself and countless others is Confucius, the Chinese philosopher, politician, and teacher who lived from 551 to 479 BC. His goal in life was to create a peaceful society where people could live happier and more fulfilling lives. To this end, Confucius spread his message of knowledge, benevolence, loyalty, and virtue. Fortunately for all of us, his words have been passed down to us through the generations. While his goal for a peaceful society has yet to be realized, we can still work towards it by studying and following his teachings.

By three methods may we learn wisdom: First by reflection, which is noblest; Second by imitation, which is easiest; And third by experience, which is bitterest.

– Confucius

When Confucius spoke these words, I wonder if he realized that twenty five centuries later, we would still be contemplating them. I wonder if he knew that we would still be: ‘Too busy’ for noble reflection; Taking the easy way out by trying to imitate the likes of him; And for the most part, cussing and carrying on about the experiences that life holds for us because we do not take the first two options.

That is my deep thoughts for the day. As always, feel free to comment below!

Take care and have a great day! 💞

13 thoughts on “November 1st – Wisdom

  1. I will enjoy these posts as I learn about Confucius and wisdom. I didn’t know about the three methods, so I learned something new today. I enjoyed visiting with you today Anne! 🤩

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  2. I hope that I learn, too! One of my favourite things I enjoyed most about my job was always learning new things and sharing them with clients! Especially when it was something cool and we were both really excited about it. 😂

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