By Anina Deetlefs
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Adia means “Valuable Gift” in the beautiful Swahili tongue. That is exactly what the ability to act wisely is….a gift . Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge for the correct purpose.
According to Joel Stockhill wisdom will help you to see and do the right thing at the right time in the right way with the right people . It will also show you how to operate with justice and fairness.
Some people use wisdom and intelligence within the same context but the words do not have the same meaning. Psychologists claim that wisdom involves an integration of knowledge, experience, and deep understanding and includes an ability to cope with all of the highs and lows that life invariably brings . Genuinely wise folks have an awareness of how things will play out over time and have a sense of balance surrounding the given matter.
People who are wise are optimistic and believe that life’s problems can be solved ,so they remain calm when they face difficult decisions. Intelligence may be important when it comes to wisdom but on its own, it is not sufficient, the bigger picture must be taken into consideration. You can be highly intelligent and still execute extremely dangerous, harmful decisions and actions.
Ancient Greeks considered wisdom to be a virtue and in today’s society many would still say that it is. When you are taught wisdom, you are taught to understand what is of value in life.
Along with optimism and that bigger picture, you also need to be willing to admit that however much life experience you have and what you have been through does not mean that you can understand everything. Walk a mile in any one else’s shoes and you soon realize how little you know and your ability to show both empathy and sympathy increases in copious amounts.
Socrates said it best when he said, “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
In this work Adia slightly averts her gaze as if a weighing up a situation, pondering….She is filled with white orchids tinged in blues and purples. Here I refer to the popular phrase “the wisdom of the white orchid” as certain orchids are associated with being understanding, thoughtful and considerate and wise.
Although we are just everyday folk , we too can hone the skill of acting wisely by staying calm, weighing up our options, remaining positive and humble as to how much we know and how much we still need to learn.
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