Cambridge’s Online Dictionary defines self discovery as “the process of learning about yourself and your beliefs”. And so it is a life long journey; one that begins the day you take your first breath.
Every day we can learn something new about ourselves through the decisions we make, reactions we have to others, and the beliefs we’ve built along the way. Often there is a catalyst which makes us want to delve deeper into the soul, discover why we behave the way we do, and what it all means.
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Wisdom is not about book learning, nor is it instantly obtainable. Indeed, wisdom defies exact definition for to define it too tightly would be to curtail the breadth of its potential for self-growth. Wisdom comes with time, experience, and the willingness to maintain an open-mind about the world around us and all its people.
While wisdom accumulates over the years, it requires constant filtering to remove the prejudices and bias that we also accumulate, as well a constant reflection and a willingness to challenge one’s own beliefs and values. Confucius once said that “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest”
So how can we become more wise?
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You must learn to see hardship differently. As they say you cannot make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. So what makes you think that you will become wise unless you pass through the trials and tribulations of life.
You might not care for becoming wise, you might just want peace and calm in your life, yet you have to start somewhere to change what has gone wrong. You need to become stronger not weaker. You need to bend with life like the blade of grass. There is no need to become hard and heartless, this will just bring you more sorrow.
Life brings many problems and trying to fit in with society and your peers is a problem to many. It is hard enough as it is for people growing up in this world, without having added pressure, to conform to society. It is common for a child to be shown many ways that do not suit, before the true way comes forth.
Learning to live is about learning to be yourself. You cannot be anyone else can you, for you would only make a bad impression. To be yourself in a world that wants you to conform, is a task that confronts many a soul on the spiritual path. There are so many Religions and beliefs out there and they all are calling out for your attention.
You do not have to learn through pain you can learn another way. The fool walks through the fire not knowing that it will scold and burn his body.
Whereas the wise man watches from a distance, he studies the flames from the safety of his vantage point, he watches every man that is foolish enough to walk through the fire.
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