If wisdom is what we do with knowledge we have than “a lifetime of learning” should give us an opportunity to become very wise indeed.
However, when I think about my own life in a clear sober manner, I must admit I have not always made the wisest choices. Even so, I have tried to use the mistakes of life as an opportunity rather than allowing them to become overwhelming and debilitating.
This is an imperative for each of us if we are going to become all we can be.
Simply put, “a lifetime of learning” begins with acknowledging we are the sum of our experiences, right, wrong, or indifferent.
It is what we do with these experiences that matter.
Do we allow the negative experiences of life to define us? Or, do we turn a negative into a positive by learning to apply what we have learned as we go forward?
As we think about our own life, do we see ourselves clearly or through rose colored glasses? Unfortunately, many times in my life, I must admit, it has been the latter.
As I have said on more than one occasion, I tend to give myself significantly more grace than I am willing to show others. This creates a sort of insulation that allows me to see the worst in someone else while finding a way to see the best in myself.
As I write this, I am not naïve enough to believe many may read this and think the worst of me. If so, I would like to remind you; this sentiment applies to each of you too.
The ability to think highly of oneself is a universal one.
What do we do as we face this reality? I hope we will see our lives with an attitude of humility by accepting our role in the mistakes we have made. Perhaps, equally as important, is to find a way to forgive those who played a role in the pains or difficulties we have experienced.
The best application of “a lifetime of learning” is to use the lessons of life to become the best version of ourselves.
The road of life is long and filled with many twists and turns. Some of which can impede our progress or halt it all together. The thing to realize is, if we are learning, then we are making progress.
The question is, what will we do with what we have learned? We will use it to become the best version of ourselves, or we will we allow what we have learned to create a version we were never meant to be?
If we can find a way to use the lessons “a lifetime of learning” provide, the result will be wisdom. The fruit will be seen in the life we live and, in the lives, we impact along the way!
James 3:13, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.