“All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.”
When we think of people who have wisdom the first thing that comes to mind is that person must be older and is based on the numerous experiences they have had throughout their lifetime. But this is not necessarily always the case. Wisdom is can be achieved and attained at any age and Alexandre Dumas’ quote proves just that.
Wisdom is defined as the quality of having experience, knowledge and good judgment. A simplistic way of looking at this is the example of a small child that is curious when the stove is turned on and they see the top of it glowing red. They touch it and burn themselves thus making the connection that when the stove is turned on that surface becomes hot and therefore can harm them. The child learns from this and when faced with a similar situation again has the experience, knowledge and good judgment not to do it again. We go through similar experiences as adults as well. When we are first starting a new job we are unsure of ourselves and how to handle every situation that comes before us. We have the tendency to make, unknowingly, mistakes along the way which actually become opportunities for us to grow and learn in an effort to avoid making those same mistakes in the future therefore again attaining wisdom.
Alexandre Dumas says that wisdom is created through wait and hope. The wait part refers to the fact that we do not know what the future may hold for us as that is unpredictable. In hope we are always trying to look towards the good that we want in our lives and being optimistic that good things will come to those that wait. Our moral compass is built upon this thinking and if we hold true to this belief, despite the bumps along the way, this positive thinking will come to fruition. Once we are able to master this way of thinking, we can gain that wisdom for which we are seeking.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards defining/refining your own moral compass?