Patience, Grasshopper

This is something I struggle with.

I feel like I could just stop here and say, “Good night, everybody,” but that wouldn’t help me or anyone else. No, I’m just going to have to be patient.

If you’re willing to put in the work, which I am, you’re going to have to understand that results will take time to develop. And I get that, I do – but my fingernails are still nearly gone.

Here’s the thing, though: you need to apply the knowledge that you learn. That’s where wisdom comes in. That’s why there is a difference between learned and wise. In order to do this, you need to dig deep – and this is something most people would prefer not to do. They’d rather just learn the subject, regurgitate it onto a test, and then forget about it and move on.

True wisdom takes time, the application of knowledge, and patience. You need to dig down and find a place to plant that information, and then take the time to let it grow and take root. Take it to heart, use it, and teach it. Only through that process do you get wisdom. That’s part of why we get wiser as we get older.

That’s always been hard. But in this day and age of holding off aging at any cost, true wisdom is getting harder and harder to find.

That isn’t to say that the young can’t be wise. There are old souls out there who know things beyond their years. Those people who constantly surprise those around them with pearls of wisdom that took most of us decades to learn.

However, most of us need years to collect those pearls. Once we’ve got them, some of us hide them in our jewelry boxes. It’s only a few of us that take them out, turn them into beauty, and display that to others.

I strive to be the one who shares that wisdom with others. Life experiences teach us all. If I can provide a few words of wisdom to someone else to save them from having to learn something the hard way, I’d like to.

They may not be willing to listen. That’s OK. It doesn’t mean I can’t offer.

And if I’m patient, they might change their mind.

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