What is wisdom? According to Webster’s International Dictionary, wisdom is the intelligent application of learning. It is defined as the ability to discern inner qualities and essential relationships. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary defines it as the capacity of judging rightly in matters relating to life and conduct. According to Wikipedia, wisdom, sapience, or sagacity is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. Wisdom is associated with attributes such as unbiased judgment, compassion, experiential self-knowledge, self-transcendence, and non-attachment, and virtues such as ethics and benevolence.

The definition of wisdom is important to me. I’m in the last quadrant of life. What I do from now on will shape the importance and relevance of the life I have lived. I want this time to be defined by wisdom rather than knowledge.

The definitions of wisdom stress not only knowledge but action—doing something useful with the knowledge garnered earlier in life. I’ve spent much of my life gathering knowledge. I’ve earned multiple scholastic degrees including a doctorate. Now is the time for action.

In short, what do I do with all this knowledge and experience acquired over a lifetime? Two answers immediately spring to mind: write and help others.

More tomorrow.

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