Dan Trathen DMin, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Certified Business & Life Coach

Words of Wisdom

Basic life lessons don’t seem to change from century to century.  They are learned and re-learned as we live life.  Some would say that there is nothing new under the sun.  It has been said that a person begins cutting their wisdom teeth the first time they bite off more than they can chew.  The famous psychologist, William James is quoted as saying, “wisdom is learning what to overlook”. Life lessons take many forms.  One form is  knowing your strengths and limitations.  As the old proverb reminds us: “He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not is a fool-avoid him: he who knows not and knows that he knows not is a wise man-seek his company”.  Another way is by allowing these lessons to sink deep roots into our lives so as to deepen our character and become guiding lights.  The eighteenth-century poet William Cowper used the metaphor of a quiet pool: “A life all turbulence and noise may seem to him that leads it wise and to be praised, but wisdom is a pearl with most success sought in still waters”.  William Thomson was one of the greatest physicists of 19th century England.  When he was away at college, his father wrote him: “You are young: take care you be not led to what is wrong.  A false step now, or the acquiring of an improper habit, might ruin you for life.  Frequently look back on your conduct and thence learn wisdom for the future”.

            Guiding lessons of life are like teachers.  They are wise sayings that speak volumes, keep us on the right path, and call out the best in us.

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