“Only the wise person draws from life, and from every stage of it, its true savour, because only he or she feels the beauty, the dignity, and the value of life. The flowers of youth may fade, but the summer, the autumn, and even the winter of human existence, have their majestic grandeur, which the wise person recognizes and glorifies.” ~ Henri Frederic Amiel …
I feel Henri’s advice is necessary if we wish to live our lives to the fullest. If I am wise, I will not worry about growing older, for I understand that in life, there is a time for everything. Every stage of our lives holds “beauty, dignity, and value,” and if we allow ourselves to recognize this truth, our experiences here will be more complete, more involved, and more magnificent.
We should seek to live our lives with our eyes wide open. Marvel at the little things you notice. Give of yourself as much as you can, knowing that in giving comes our true growth. Cast aside your worries: worries about whether or not someone likes you, for not all things can be; worries about the things you do not possess, for not having them does not diminish your abilities or worth; worries about the future or past regrets, for only the present moment truly matters.
The world we live in is such a glorious place to be, with so much possibility and potential. And if we embrace the ability to appreciate this world we are in, and to understand our fellow man and help them in concrete ways, we will gain wisdom each day of our lives. For we have the ability to live life fully, to give as well as receive, and to love with purpose. Do not let that ability go unspent.
Find beauty in each of the main chapters of your life and the life of someone older than you.
Questions to consider:
How does wisdom grow within us?
What do you see as the difference between knowledge and wisdom?
Who is the wisest person you know? Why is that person wise?
For further thought:
“You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about–the more you have left when anything happens.” ~ Ethel Barrymore