Sharing Our Wisdom
It seems that the older we become the more interesting wisdom becomes to us. Some of us developed this interest early, perhaps during our teenage years, but many of us develop this curiosity later in life as we accumulate life experiences and try to make sense of them. Wisdom is about weaving those experiences into a coherent, beautiful tapestry that incorporates both the painful and joyful experiences in our lives. Our emerging wisdom provides us with a framework for understanding our lives. This wisdom helps us develop a set of values and principles and an internal compass that we can rely on to guide our behavior and choices in ways that lead to the most enriching and fulfilling lives. This is especially important as we move into old age.
Women’s wisdom is often sourced in our relational experiences—our passions, hopes, visions, and disappointments in the context of many kinds of relationships. It may also be sourced in our experiences of raising children, developing our own gifts and talents, our successes and failures in work or creative endeavors, and the unexpected and destabilizing challenges thrown at us by life and by other people.
Wisdom is about finding inner balance and a broad enough perspective that allows for both acceptance of hardship and the recognition that we do have the power to make choices and have an impact on other people and society.
Questions to Consider:
1) What sources have contributed to the development of your own wisdom?
2) Are there role models, books, groups, or religious or spiritual groups that have contributed to your growing store of wisdom?
3) What is your own definition of wisdom? How is wisdom different from common sense, serenity, joy, and happiness, or are these parts of wisdom?
4) Share one or two lessons you have learned from your life experiences?
5) Do you think there is a difference between the wisdom of men and the wisdom of women? If so, what are those differences?
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