These fundamentals of wisdom are not new. Wisdom is not the latest trend. They aren’t something I just came up with to optimize your life in 3 easy steps, with little-to-no commitment.
I aim to share with you ancient principles; ideas and insights people have been practicing for millennium, and modern psychology and research is beginning only recently in human history to study and see their effectiveness.
There is a way to grow in the skills of wisdom, to grow in virtue, to experience flourishing.
I call them the Fundamentals of Wisdom.
To become wise, you need to grow in three fundamentals of wisdom: presence, community, and practice.
Loving and honest community.
These three categories are both simple, perhaps obvious, yet profound. They interact with and feed one another in surprising and powerful ways. Without one of these fundamentals, you cannot grow to become wise. They are all essential.
Fundamentals of wisdom
You can think of these fundamental building blocks in the following ways:
Presence - Your thoughts and mindset, mindfulness, meditation, prayer, your self talk, what you notice, and how you respond internally to the world around you. This is how present you are to each moment. How loving and open and vulnerable you are with others. How connected you are to God.
Community - who you know, love, and serve. Generosity and service. The connections you make in life and how you treat people.
Practice - your habits and craft. What you repeatedly choose to do that forms you over time. Being intentional with specific practices will bring you and your community powerful transformation over time.
Here is another way to break it down: the 3 fundamentals of wisdom are about being, loving, and doing.
There has never been a greater need for you to grow in wisdom. Our culture screams with shallowness, inundates with distraction, and many voices draw us towards a life of comfort, living out of fear, feeling insignificant, and pursuing selfishness.
The challenge and resistance to growing in wisdom is real. If you seek to live a life of significance, a life of thriving, you will face difficulties and challenges. It won’t come easy or quick. But growth can come and you can begin to see changes in your perspective, attitude, and actions.
The reality is that if you want to thrive in this short life of yours, wisdom should be valued and sought above all else in your life.