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Day 352 - November Gratitude, part 16

Monday, November 16, 2015

...and the Wisdom to know the difference.

Smart people have a lot of knowledge. Wise people know how to use knowledge effectively. I've always been smart, but it has only been in the past few years that I've gained the gift of wisdom. There were certainly times where I applied my intelligence, and it didn't get me where I needed to go. With trial and error, we learn to apply our smarts so that we can achieve what we want to achieve.

This program is full of wisdom. The articles contain a wealth of information that has been gained through experimentation and application of principles, with all the guidance you need to reach your dreams of health and fitness. Why wouldn't we want to take advantage of all that knowledge and research?

Wisdom brings other benefits. Often, being wise also means being patient. We have learned that sometimes we have to wait for the results to come. We know that did everything to get to our goals, but the results come more slowly than we'd like. Wise people are patient. We will see results, even if we have to wait.

I've learned so much from the program. I learned about NSVs (non-scale victories), those little things that tell us we're making progress, even if the number on the scale doesn't change. I dropped an entire pant size before I had lost a pound. Every time someone noticed that I'd lost weight (even if I had only lost 5 pounds in the beginning), I gave myself a mental high-five. "Yes, we can do this!" Now that I've reached my goal weight, SP continues to show me ways to make maintenance the new way of life. Because of all the resources I've found here, and the friendships I've made, I am now wiser about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle for the rest of my days.

So today, the last of this three-day series, I am grateful for WISDOM. Knowing how to effectively apply knowledge to achieve results is awesome. Go out today and let your Wisdom show!
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    To me wisdom is the older more experienced relative of intelligence. It does us no good to have intelligence if we aren't willing to share it and do it in a way that is kind enough that others are willing to accept it. emoticon

    I always used to believe that I had it 'all' figured out until I lost the one thing in this world that was SO much more important than me. That was our precious son. Once you lose the epicenter of your existence your realize you really DON'T know it all and you really HAVEN'T got it all figured out.

    This shipwreck makes you fight to keep your head above water and the waves beat you down for YEARS...then you see that other people are your life rafts and you reach out to them and open your heart in a way you never could before. emoticon

    I love that you are my friend Steve...you are a wise old soul and I'd bet my last penny on it! emoticon
    1928 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    emoticon Check yesterday's blog, I already called you a wise man! emoticon
    1930 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    What a great blog!
    I agree totally. I used to work with a person that my co-workers called an "academic idiot". Lots of book knowledge, but no social or organizational skills at all. They tried to undermine us and push their education on us. I graduated with honors from college, but I did not shove it in a face.
    Wisdom comes with time, life events and sometimes those "Ah-Ha" moments. You surely have earned it!
    1930 days ago
    I think wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge, experience, common sense and insight! That's a big challenge! No wonder the sayings refer to wisdom coming with age! But, it doesn't guarantee it, and there are times young people are wise beyond their years! Sometimes I think we are smart enough to have information but not wise enough to know how to apply it! I think that's where SparkPeople comes in...you can get the knowledge you need, learn from others experience, apply your own common sense and insight as you go on your journey...learning from others wisdom! Awesome!
    Have a great week!
    1930 days ago
    This is an awesome blog. It touches on some critical points. We must be wiser than our mean inner voice. We can use things other than scales to determine success and, lastly, you have been wise for years, you just had to realize it!! Spark on.
    1930 days ago
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