Reflecting on Wisdom
June 1, 2014
I would like to begin by quoting Mother Teresa, which it announced on Oaklan Tribune Newspaper, Wisdom from Faith, 08 June 2007: 1. " As graduates complete another step in their formal education, they will hear many words of congratulations wishing them success in life. I wish to join with their families and friends in saying: congratulations and best wishes. But I want to offer you an additional prayer for the gift of wisdom. I do this because it is possible to be very successful in life but unfulfilled. You could accomplish your goals and be miserable."(California, USA.) Wisdom is considered one of more important human strengths. Is it one of the attributes by the capacity of a person to acquire information from her life and experiences and use it to increase her welfare and that of others. The text Positive Psychology, (2012), define a wisdom with different meanings because we perceive wisdom also depends on our own culture." Wisdom involves identifying to pursuing the deeper and enduring purpose in life, beyond joy. Wisdom is the ability to balance yours needs and happiness with those of others"(p.213). We did not distinguish a person who has many skills, but one that knows how to use better. Wisdom allows the people listen to others, and evaluate what they say to offer good advice. Is it a form that may provide support and care, especially when people feel bad, confusing, or are in needs. The Mother Teresa is a person who has demonstrated a high degree of wisdom that moved whole nations, providing ways to improve the quality of the most helpless people of India. Mother Teresa was a living example and even more after her death as it is possible to live and practice daily the features of wisdom, kindness, tenacity to fight for the cause to benefit of human beings forgotten by society. One of the characters of Mother Teresa was identified, is a Sagacity. According to the Positive Psychology, (2012), " A keen understanding of human nature, thoughtfulness, fairness, good Listening abilities, knowledge of self, and placing value on the advice and knowledge of others"(p.214). She knew how to give good advice to major dilemmas or conflicts with words commensurate with the situation. Mother Teresa was a woman who had the flexibility to know what a wise answer at the right time. The article in the Oakland Tribune, Wisdom from faith, (June 8, 2007), point out one of the advices she gives to one of her sisters. " When Mother Teresa was asked how her sisters could pick people up out the gutters in the slums in India and remove the maggots from their bodies, cleaning them up to die, she responded that they spent three hours each day in prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and that gave them strength to see Jesus in the people in the streets. That is an example of wisdom" (California, USA.). A wise person is one who has expert knowledge about the meaning of life, what matters in it. Know how to plan and get to have a life with meaning. According to the text Positive Psychology, refers to another attribute, Perspicacity, " Demostrate's perceptiveness, intuition, ability to see through things, read between the lines, and discern the truth and the right thing to do"(p.214). Mother Teresa with its postulate of wisdom was a person who showed a particular intuition and ability to innovate caring for sick and anyone abandoned on the streets of India. The needs were immeasurable, and very limited resources, but still, she could break the prejudices of her religion and follow her spiritual guide. That was the basis on which she created the order of Missionaries of Charity. The article in the Oakland Tribune, Wisdom from faith, (June 8, 2007), refers to her words about the other attributes of a wise person. " In the church, wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit....
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