THINK ON THESE: Words of wisdom, these!

I think I was still in high school when I started collecting quotations. The reason: they teach me some lessons and about life. They become part of my wisdom and of who I am as a person.

“The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing,” Socrates said. Aristotle, another brilliant mind, added: “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

John Lennon, the famed member of The Beatles, shared this thought: “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist, has some sort of a sentence to ponder when he wrote, “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”

Confucius, that Chinese philosopher who has been quoted by people around the world, once said: “By three methods we may learn wisdom. First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.”

Experience is indeed the best teacher. Now in my ‘50s, I can see I have already some experiences which the younger generations can learn from. So, allow me to share these thoughts:

Some people don’t accept the truth because they are blinded by what they believe as the “truth.” They hold to the past which is already gone. They have a hard time moving on. If only they could see the other side – only if they really want to – then they can free themselves from the bondage of the past.

Most of the time, we think that we are happy only when there are people around us. We get energy from them. Actually, we miss that happiness we should have experienced when we are alone because we can assess ourselves better thus making us to better person.

Oftentimes, people get envious with other’s achievements. But before doing so, ask yourself: Have you been working hard to attain your goal? Did you ever do some impossible things (not illegal attempts though) just to get what you want? Sometimes, we blame poverty for not having the best in life. But poverty should not be a hindrance for a person to become successful. The world is replete examples of rich people who are failures. And there are poor people who become successful.

More often than not, we think the other side is always brighter. Not knowing that the other side is also thinking the same thing.

Sometimes, we think we don’t have purpose in life that we stop dreaming and quit doing. Not knowing that it’s just a matter of time that what we want in life will happen. As long as we are still breathing, keep reaching what you are aiming. You never know that it is already near but you think it is still very far.

You would rather see a person fail even if that person is doing right – just to prove what you perceived in the first place.

Don’t judge a person by his work (unless it is against the law). But most people do!

A doctor has to save a person – even if he is an enemy. A journalist write about a person — even if he abhors the source. A teacher will teach a student — even if the student is the son or daughter of his nemesis. A bold star may bare more than her soul but it doesn’t mean she likes what she is doing. At the end of the day, it’s just a work. So, don’t judge anyone of what he does for a living.

We are bound to commit errors, faux pas, mistakes, etc. So, you have to no right to call that person who committed such acts as “stupid” or “moron.” Do so only, if you have not done any blunders in your life.

If you think you have lied to anyone yourself, then you are actually lying. Even in the Bible, there are God’s chosen people who lied or said “half-truths.”

Do not ask for anything which you cannot handle because it might be given to you. There are people who are envious with others because they think they can do those tasks much better. But when they are given the opportunity, they are much worse than the other person.

When we were still younger, we want to grow fast. But when we are already old, we want to stop aging.

In the same manner, when we were younger, we try to separate eggs from ampalaya when eating our breakfast – then ate only the eggs. Now, that we are older, we still separate eggs from ampalaya – but eat only the ampalaya.

While attending schools during my younger days, I thought that by getting good grades and by memorizing those lectures given by our teachers, would make me a brilliant person. Today, I know that the secret is not memorizing those ideas but rather should have understood what they mean. It is only by understanding what you heard that you learn better and get the grasp of the knowledge being imparted.

In writing a better feature, you have to pay attention to the first paragraph because it the first thing readers will read. In the same vein, do not neglect the last paragraph because it is the last thing that gives readers the impression of what you have written.

To end this piece, allow me to quote the words of Lao Tzu: “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom; mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”