I made up the word Wisdomality to reflect the state of reality I'd like to live in where I recognize wise choices and then act upon it. I named my company Wisdomality Enterprises. Well, I thought the word was totally original...until I noticed it all over the Internet. I guess there's nothing new under the sun, I suppose, except our own personality that we bring to the table.
Want to make wise choices based on your core values? Only then can we become the joyful, compassionate, and curious persons we're meant to be. Wisdom is generally defined as: the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment. Synonyms: sagacity, intelligence, sense, common sense, shrewdness, astuteness, smartness, judiciousness, judgment, prudence, circumspection, knowledge, learning, erudition, sophistication.
It's one thing to understand what a word means, and quite another to achieve living in a state of Wisdomality. How one goes about doing that is a near-impossible journey; but we can get closer one step at a time.
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In 1992, on Thanksgiving night, I was reading a bedtime story to my then-four-year-old daughter, Janelle. I had to put her brother, Grant, to bed so I gave her a kiss on the forehead and said goodnight.
As I was getting up to leave, she tugged at my shirt, trying to get me to lay back down. Then she stupefied me, Mom, What's the most important thing about being human?
Well, that stopped me in my tracks. Those were her exact words. I'll never forget them. I paused a long while and tilted my head to one side, I think it's our ability to love...to love others, to love God, and to love ourselves. What do you think it is, sweetie?
That's a good answer, Mom, but I wanna think about it some more tomorrow, Janelle said. What an old-soul response. I always told her to think for herself, but I never expected her to do it at the ripe ole age of four, three months shy of her 5th birthday. Such a profound question from a young child.
How would you answer her question?