Next letter up for the A-Z challenge of Positive Personality Traits is W - and W is for Wise. Wisdom is a trait the world could do with in abundance. There is a lot of knowledge out there, but a severe lack of wisdom. Being wise is one of the "blessings" that are supposed to come with old age, but I don't think age is the deciding factor in whether you have wisdom. There are a lot of silly older folks around and the occasionally wise-beyond-their-years younger soul.
Wisdom consists of knowledge, experience and good judgement all rolled together into one very useful package. We have thousands of universities that can instill knowledge into those who seek it, but it is often through the school of 'hard knocks' that we gain the life experience to add to it and gain the wisdom that we need.
Being a wise woman was a high honour in times gone by and for good reason. A person who had all that life experience and could use it to advise and speak into the lives of others with good judgement and common sense would be an amazing asset. It's something that I'd like to aspire to as I hit this stage of midlife, using the experiences that I've been through to have a positive impact on the lives of others would be very satisfying.
I'm not sure that we value wisdom as highly as we should, personally I think it should be right up there in the top ten traits everyone should be working towards. A world full of wise and empathetic older people would be a world that sought peace over confrontation. We would look for qualities in our leaders that currently are sadly lacking at times. We would lead by example and have a deeper insight into what was important in our life and in the lives of others.
It certainly sounds like a quality I'd like to see more of, and a world where I'd like to live. Let's aim to build our good judgement and our knowledge, add them to our life experiences and become the wise people our world really needs at this point in history.
See you next time for the continuation of Positive Personality Traits - X is for eXcellent.
This post is part of the April #atozchallenge.
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