“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm” (Proverbs 13:20).
I love this. While many people (notably parents and teachers) think they can lecture others to become wise, the reality is that wisdom is more caught than taught.
I learned a lot of wisdom from observing how wise people conduct their business, make decisions, deal with difficult people, and so on.
But here’s the thing. It is not really true that we learn from experience. It is reflecting on that experience that yields lessons and principles, the cumulative body being wisdom. In fact, wisdom involves both insight and teachability.
Practical application? Hang around with wise people: folks you look up to, men and women of godly purpose, those whom you can count as mentors.
Conversely, stay away from toxic and twisted-logic crowds, they will dumb you down and thus drag you down.
Be ever hungry for wisdom, know where to look for it, and how to process experience to live that beautiful life you seek. TGIF!