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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Things I Wish I'd Known Earlier - Considering the Source

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As I approach the age of 45, I have an entirely different outlook than I did in any decade before this one in my life.  I spent a lot of time, before this, taking to heart the judgments of others...particularly those of people who were older than me. 

Now, I can look at those older than me and realize that many of them are sorrowfully ill-equipped to give advice, and wholly unqualified to pass judgement upon others.  I can also look at many younger than me,... by whom I would have been intimidated, had they been my peer in my 20s, or even 30s....and realize that they are rather laughable really, and nothing to be intimated by, at all.  

Some people are just a lot of show, and no substance.  Still others are rather unhealthy, and the product of poor upbringing and experiences.  Age has really nothing to do with any of it, other than the fact that, if someone has wisdom, that wisdom increases with age and experience, and may be benefited from.  If someone is hollow, or emotionally unhealthy, or just plain laughable...being older does not change that.  

So, my suggestion is this:  Respect wisdom, especially in those with experience...but do not assume that experience equals wisdom.

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1 comment:

  1. So true. I wish I would have read this 20 years ago. "Looking unto Jesus..."


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