LYBLABCs: W is for Wisdom

As part of my weekly LYBLABCs series — which rolls-out a core value aligned to Oprah’s Live Your Best Life philosophy found in O, the Oprah Magazine — here’s the latest virtue.

Wisdom isn’t learned—it’s lived.

A good life is measured in wisdom. It fuels your sense of wonder, and without wonder, there’s little joy in living. Wonder seeks everything that goes on behind-the-scenes, the reason behind the story. Keep your sense of wonder intact and you’ll never grow jaded or bored. Find simple wisdom in everything.

Knowledge is power and wisdom is illumination. Your mind is your empire. Wisdom builds confidence and gives you faith in yourself. Be a knower of things—provide correct answers and knowledge to yourself and others—but don’t be a know-it-all! It’s one thing to cultivate reasoning and crack the kernel of knowledge, but another to simply memorize drab facts. Too much fact-collecting turns you into a bore! Fuel yourself on philosophy, not factoids.

Wisdom is one of the best parts of aging: learning from your experiences, and turning into a sage!

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