Cupcake Posted December 3, 2022 Share Posted December 3, 2022 (edited) The reason owls are associated with wisdom is that the owl was the special bird of the Greek goddess Athena, the clever warrior goddess after whom the Greek city Athens is named. The owl of Athena has appeared on Greek coins for centuries. Seeing Through Illusions. The owl is naturally nocturnal, which means it functions very well in the dark. Learn to Really Listen Find a Firm Footing Let Go of What Doesn't Serve You Proceed with Strength and Purpose. Owls are exceptionally observant creatures. They observe everything very carefully. This brings us to the next lesson — “To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom one must observe.” Marilyn vos Savant Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge, experience, insight, and common sense to achieve worthwhile goals and to enrich humankind as a result. It does not exist in a vacuum. While the goals may be individual they have a positive impact on family members, business associates, community members, or a combination thereof. The ability to step back and objectively observe is a prerequisite for wisdom. Wondering is all about pondering what you have observed. It is curiosity and the willingness to see something from a different perspective. As we sift through our observations we often find connections that had not been readily apparent with a more superficial viewing. True wondering or pondering requires that we have observed details and nuances of situations and circumstances we might normally overlook. As we ponder on what we have seen and the ramifications thereof we open the door to developing wisdom. As Seneca so succinctly said; “No man was ever wise by chance.” Chance requires no effort. Wondering and pondering require time, an open mind and heart as well as discernment. It is that investment that can lead us to wisdom There is an old adage that says we have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Too often we hear without actually listening, as we are busy formatting our response to what is being said. When that happens we hear words and totally negate the possibility that those words might have the capacity to teach us something that could alter the course of the remainder of our lives. When we observe others, and ponder on the results of their choices we have the opportunity to learn from them. If the road they chose turned out to be unsuccessful and led to heartbreak and failure, we have the opportunity to learn from their experience and choose differently. If they were successful in something we aspire to, then we can learn from them and expedite our progress. Living and learning are ongoing processes. There is no absolute in either. Living gives us the opportunity to continue to learn and as we continue to learn we have the opportunity to develop greater wisdom. When you observe, wonder and listen you have created a perfect template for learning. All too often in our focusing on our independence we fail to take advantage of the experience and example of others as we are intent on forging our own path. Edited December 4, 2022 by Cupcake Quote Mention Married to this forum.. I'm Preety Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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