My baby girl turned one today and she came so very close to taking her first steps to walk. One of the greatest lessons I have learnt from these last twelve months, is how much little people grow, learn and change in such a short space of time. The first three years of a child’s life are the most defining time of their whole human existence. The reason why, their brains, their emotions and their souls are developed by the measure of what they are exposed to.
Something I have been thinking about a lot though lately, is why do we stop growing and learning as adults. Maybe it has a little to do with what we spoke about yesterday, staying comfortable but in another I think it is because we loose the eyes to see new and wonderful adventures in the every day.
I remember a few years back, as I registered myself to study a Masters course in Leadership, I made a commitment that no matter my age, I was going to be ever learning.
I never want to think that I have arrived.
I never want to stop growing and I never want to be in an environment where I think I know more than every one in the room and through pride and arrogance stop having eyes to see.
I think this is one of the foundational calls of wisdom.
When we think we have arrived and cannot learn anything else in a situation, we immediately stop ourselves from the potential of the future.
A woman of wisdom is ever learning.
She accesses every environment thinking and saying “What is something I can learn today?”
She comes to every conversation listening with a heart that says “I can always learn something new, despite my knowledge”
A woman of wisdom is a serial absorber.
She reads scripture looking for insight, she watches people waiting for inspiration.
She lives open.
Awaiting the new.
Proverbs 24: 3 says this;
“A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables”
What a fabulous picture of our lives!
Are you open to new theories, new possibilities, new opportunities?
Have you stopped learning because you think you have arrived?
My friend, the call of wisdom is to be ever learning and this is why a twenty year old can be more mature than a fifty year old. This is why a thirty seven year old can possess more wisdom and knowledge than an eighty year old.
Our age does not equal our wisdom, our capacity to learn and grow does, no matter our past, no matter our environment and no matter our intellect.
This is what makes wisdom so utterly intriguing.
Tomorrows post: She is a great friend