Wednesday's Wise Words

Wednesday’s Wise Words: Thoreau on Wisdom

 

 

“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.” – Thoreau

Simplicity

The options available these days makes me dizzy sometimes – so many choices from buying a box of cereal to types of shampoo. Only if it was that simple! But it is, it is simple. Once we know what we value and cherish, there is no pressure to choose the perfect thing. Any option that gets the thing done would suffice.

Independence

Isn’t it the hallmark of being an adult – having a job, a car or a home? But most of all, we must assess how emotionally independent we are. Needing attention, praise or approval must also be looked after, in order to be a whole independent being.

Magnanimity

Magnanimity is defined as “loftiness of spirit enabling one to bear trouble calmly, to disdain meanness and pettiness, and to display a noble generosity“. There are two ways to see what we have a) abundance mindset – we are content with what we have and there is plenty to share b) scarcity mindset that we don’t have enough, how can we share?

Removing the burden of being perfect makes life simpler.

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