One thing I have always cherished and am particularly fond of is wisdom. If wisdom was human I’d definitely be married to him. Its sound advise never goes unnoticed. What baffles me the most is how it never receives the necessary attention it deserves. Mankind tends to shine the light on acquiring knowledge or understanding. You might ask: is not knowledge, understanding and wisdom the same thing? No, they are not.
When we take the time to study and meditate on a material, do research, and ask the right questions. That is knowledge. When we see how this knowledge connects with what we already know and how it can benefit us personally. That is understanding. When we use what we have learned and apply it in our lives. That is wisdom. It could be illustrated this way: Imagine you are standing in the middle of a road and a bus is coming toward you. First, you see that it is a bus—that is knowledge. Next, you realize that if you remain standing there, you will be hit by the bus—that is understanding! So you jump out of the way of the bus—that is wisdom! The Bible tells us to “safeguard practical wisdom” because it can save our life. Yes, wisdom delivers its owners from bad ways and preserves them alive! As a lover of all things practical, it’s no wonder wisdom surpasses them all and is closest to my heart.
I have compiled a collection of some of my all time favourite proverbial sayings guaranteed to improve your life octaves better when read (Knowledge), understood (Understanding) and applied (Practical Wisdom).
◆ Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still – Chinese proverb
◆ If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap. If you want happiness for a day — go fishing. If you want happiness for a month — get married. If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else – Chinese proverb
◆ I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand – Chinese proverb
◆ In teaching others we teach ourselves – Proverb
◆ A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials – Chinese proverb
◆ Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself – Chinese proverb
◆ Self-exaltation and pride . . . I have hated – King Solomon (Pride and wisdom are poles apart. We need to act with wisdom and be careful not to develop a haughty, or arrogant, disposition. Especially should we be on guard if we have enjoyed success in some areas of life)
◆ Pride is before a crash and a haughty spirit before stumbling – King Solomon (How important it is to guard against feeding the pride of others as well as allowing it to develop in us)
◆ The one that is wise in heart will be called understanding, and he that is sweet in his lips adds persuasiveness. To its owners insight is a well of life; and the discipline of the foolish ones is foolishness. The heart of the wise one causes his mouth to show insight, and to his lips it adds persuasiveness – King Solomon
◆ The laboring man’s appetite labors for him; for his hunger urges him on – King Solomon (Normal desire, such as our appetite for food, can motivate us to be productive. Such a desire is constructive. However, what if proper desire is allowed to become so excessive that it turns into greed? The results are similar to what happens when a campfire used to cook food becomes a full-blown forest fire. Greed is desire out of control and is destructive. Realizing the danger, a wise person keeps even his wholesome desires in check)
◆ Be not disturbed at being misunderstood; be disturbed rather at not being understanding.”” – Chinese Proverb
◆ Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime – Chinese Proverb
◆ He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. – Chinese Proverb
◆ If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time – Chinese Proverb