125 words min, 375 words max.
Adequate/Meets Criteria Requirements:
Subjective combined with objective approach [e.g., ["This is what it means (dictionary definition); this is what it means to me."]
Note: Dictionary definitions will not be included as part of the word count.
Dedicants may also include other virtues, if desired, and compare them to the nine.
Our Own Druidry definition: "Good judgment, the ability to perceive people and situations correctly, deliberate about and decide on the correct response."
Merriam-Webster definition: "Knowledge that is gained by having many experiences in life. The natural ability to understand things that most other people cannot understand. Knowledge of what is proper or reasonable. A good sense or judgment."
Both of these definitions illustrate Wisdom quite well to me. Wisdom is not something you learn in a book in or in a short span of time. Wisdom is gained through experiences (both good and bad), through genuine devotion to study and a desire to understand things from all angles/perspectives. Wisdom is not doing something many times over and claiming you know everything because you always got the same result, but instead thinking about WHY you always got the same result. Wisdom is being able to look at something objectively, dissect it, see the point of view of another person, apply your own understanding and experience, and only after doing so sharing your knowledge with others.
Wisdom comes when we put aside emotion (which can be exceptionally difficult to do) and look at all the information in front of us. It’s easy to act out in anger, sadness or joy, but a wise person is not rash and does not act on impulse alone, a wise person considers, sacrifices, and most importantly LOVES and forgives even if an apology was never given.
I think that Wisdom is one of the most important virtues, without it we are letting emotion and a closed mind take the reins in our lives. History, looking inward, slowing down, considering other ideas, and striving for balance is the way of wisdom.
Leave a Reply.