“Do not be wise in your own eyes;..”
– Proverbs 3:7
Do not think that you are wise because it will stop you from becoming wiser! The story is told of a wise teacher who pours tea for one of his potential students. He pours the tea until it begins to run over and flow to the table. After a short while the would be student could not take it any longer and spoke up “the cup is full master”. To which he got the response – As long as you are full of knowledge, you can not learn anything new! It is important that we approach life with the humility of a person who needs to learn. There are 3 things I do to remind me of this truth!
- Listen – I tell myself often that speaking hardly adds to my knowledge and I encourage myself to listen twice as much as I speak – after all I have only one mouth and 2 ears.
- Respect – Everyone is better than you in one way or the other. I always remind myself of this daily; especially when meeting new people. With this in mind I begin to look out for this strength as I get to interact more with new contacts. Many times I am greatly blessed by the discovery and I am able to give genuine compliments.
- Ask Questions – It is not foolish to ask questions. I have often thought that I would make a fool of myself by making people think or know that I am not so knowledgeable about a topic. Although this can be true especially when you are being paid or referred to as an expert, but I have come to discover that you make a bigger fool of yourself if you act in ignorance.
Do not be wise in your own eyes – listen to these words of wisdom and ask questions, be attentive to learning and try to find out a better way to do what you are doing now! Keep learning there is always more to learn.
Till next time – keep seeking wisdom!