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The Suburbanite
  • Next Fifty, Out of My Mature Mind, Wisdom, not your back teeth

  • Wisdom: “accumulated philosophic or scientific learning.” That is how Webster describes wisdom, but is it something you are born with? Some people have it and some don't. Notice the definition states that it is an “accumulated” learning.

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  • Wisdom: “accumulated philosophic or scientific learning.” That is how Webster describes wisdom, but is it something you are born with? Some people have it and some don't. Notice the definition states that it is an “accumulated” learning.
    Webster also states that wisdom is knowledge, good sense and insight. As I have acquired more years under my belt. I also realize that I have gathered more wisdom. 
    When one of my kids calls and asks for advice, I am usually shocked and amazed as to what comes from my brain and right out of my mouth. I often ask myself, “How did I know that?
    Where does that come from?” Unfortunately, I often ask myself those questions “out loud.” I guess that comes with age as well.
    There is no knowledge or wisdom that is better than experience. As we travel the bumpy road of life we get a few nicks and bruises that teach us things along the way. How many times have you said, “If they (a younger person) would only listen to me, I have experienced what they are going through.” We know what we are talking about; it would make their lives less painful.
    I recently had an epiphany of this “acquired” wisdom. I had received a gift certificate to Kathy's Custom Hair Care. I won it at a spaghetti dinner held for Brooke, a Springfield High School student that was dealing with leukemia. The dinner was put on mostly by her fellow students and people stood in line, out the door in the rain to help the family.
    While getting my haircut by a very personable young person, I was taking in conversations by others in the room. There were an abundance of stories and situations that had offered learning experiences for these very wise, “young at heart” customers with accumulated wisdom. It was a pleasant atmosphere, with a lot of laughter. Sitting there, I realized that the somewhat intelligent things that come from my usually cluttered mind are because of the years
    I have lived and the life experience I have acquired.
    The young person cutting my hair was truly wise beyond her years and making wise choices for her life and future. She also is the person that cuts Brooke's hair and Brooke's mom's hair.
    We talked about all the things the “kids” at the high school did for the family. If doing for others is not wisdom, I don't know what is.
    Maybe those of us that are more “mature” with accumulated wisdom, could at times, learn something from the younger generation. After all, don't you ask your grandchildren questions about your computer or smart phone? Kids always know how to operate those automatic paper towel dispensers in the restrooms. We don't seem to be able to wave our hands and have the magic towels roll out, but they can.
    Page 2 of 2 - We have recently had the chance to witness the “wisdom” of those with fewer years under their belt. Springfield Police Officer Mark Dodez was injured and paralyzed while on duty. Uniontown Police Captain Daniel Stiles was killed while directing traffic. The children and “students” of our local communities, as well as the wiser residents, immediately went into action to help the families' just like they did for Brooke. Kids brought their pennies, nickels and dimes to school, had a bake sale, went out and collected change from friends and neighbors, bought t-shirts and much more to support someone they might not have ever met or would meet in their lifetime.
    That is wisdom. Maybe if we all pay a little more attention to each other we can learn both the accumulated wisdom and the kind of wisdom these kids have of jumping into action with both feet, not thinking of what is in it for them and helping someone else.
    Even with all the things that bug us in life, gas prices, automatic paper towel dispensers, older people that take too long to park their cars or young kids with their loud music, we could just set it aside and see the wisdom on both sides of the age brackets.