Four Statements that Lead to Wisdom

I was sitting in a colleague’s office and I noticed a poster she had on the wall and it made me think about how we attain wisdom. We certainly see our elders as wiser than us, but does it just come from the process of maturation? So I looked up the the definition of wisdom in  Webster’s Dictionary and I especially appreciated reading: intelligence drawing on experience and governed by prudence. 

The poster quoted:

Four Statements that Lead to Wisdom:

  • “I don’t know”
  • “I’m sorry”
  • “I need help”
  • “I was wrong”

When we can find a place of humility, it will almost always carry with it the opportunity for creating wisdom as it allows the process of learning from our experiences to integrate and hopefully contribute to our worldliness. When we can admit that we might have been wrong or feel regretful, we strengthen our relationship wisdom. When we can concede to the fact that we are always learning, we open ourselves to a landscape filled with opportunities to grow.

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2 thoughts on “Four Statements that Lead to Wisdom”

  1. Full disclosure, I’m the colleague, the poster in my office was homemade because the words had resonated so strongly for me. The quote is from a Louise Penny book, from her mystery series, set in Canada. There’s opportunities for learning everywhere.

    Kristine you have explained what lies behind this resonance. The advice is elegant in it’s simplicity.

    • Thank you Gurlie; and yes, you are the colleague who placed this in a therapy office so that others could also give it some much needed thought. 🙂


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