October 14, 2015
Each strength is itself a type of wisdom.
Just imagine if Picasso looked at the elaborate works of, say, a glassblower, whose creations dazzled the eyes, and said, “I cannot do that and I do not want to do that, therefore, I am not an artist.”
Or imagine Pele watching a baseball game and saying, “I’m no athlete.”
It sounds absurd, right? It’s comparing bananas and peaches and saying, “If one is good, that means the other must be bad.”
Nevertheless, many among us adopt that perspective in life. Especially when it comes to our inner wisdom.
Like art and sports, wisdom isn’t just one thing. No way, it stretches into countless dimensions and spans every topic imaginable. Being wise doesn’t necessarily mean making deep and profound observations about life and the meaning of it all. It’s something more dynamic than that.
True, the word wisdom has certain connotations in our culture, one of them having something to do with being “smart”. But, it goes beyond. Wisdom isn’t just about “knowing things”—no, it embodies the trait of having been-there-done-that as well.
Literally, as stated in the definition of the word, it is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment.
Wisdom is about more than smarts, it is about experience. And, like it or not, everything that we do is part of an experience we are having. So, in that way, everything we do is creating wisdom—or, at least, the potential for it. Our wisdom.
What we think, say, and do matters. It matters because we each view the world from an independent vantage point. And from that place we grow wise about certain things. We cannot have someone else’s experience and no one else can have ours. No one else is us. And that, alone, makes us unique and valuable. We are the common denominators in our lives.
This does not mean that everything that happens in our lives is our “fault”. Instead, it means that, because we are present for every occurrence in our lifetime, our reactions and responses to life are the direct result of all that we have experienced.
Our strengths are our qualities that surface most readily. We are the experts of them. They are what we do best naturally because we are always practicing them—or searching for ways of practicing—and refining them.
Through a strengths mindset, we can position ourselves to be more intentional about consciously developing and growing in these areas. Each strength is our wisdom.
So, what are our strengths? What does it feel like to consider each of our strengths a type of wisdom? Is each strength its own wisdom? Who in our lives is seeking the wisdom of our experience? What can we bring to the table from what we have been through in this life—things we have survived, overcome, embraced, created, challenged, and thrived from?
Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.