“Wisdom waits!” I like this idea and I believe it’s smart! Sometimes it’s in our best interest to wait and let things “soak in” before reacting. There are times when we hear information from a friend or even a relative, that leaves us with a lot of emotion and questions. Our impulse is to deal with the person or persons involved immediately. We want answers, now! But if we were to listen to wisdom, allow our emotions to simmer down rather than boiling over, we would likely respond a lot differently than if we’d reacted when our emotions were running high.
There are TV commercials when advertisers say, “Order right now…. this offer might not be available tomorrow….” And you see the same commercials for three more months! The implication, if you aren’t listening, is if you don’t order today, or right now, you are going to miss out on an amazing deal because the deal will no longer be available. The truth is, they are using a pressure sales tactic (like the car salesman) because they are afraid if you don’t do it right now, you probably won’t. Wisdom says wait and think about it! You may not need it or you might like something else similar, at better quality and perhaps at less cost.
This same idea can be used when trying to diet---or even just eat better! Wisdom tells me if I eat the extra chips, ice cream, drink a soda, or eat sweet processed food, I’m going to pay the price with weight gain, not loss. Add to this I am likely going to feel less than stellar, given the additives, sugars and processing of the food. Yet, often I fail and reach for the food that seems to be “calling my name” anyway. If I’d listened to the reason of wisdom, I would have waited before giving in to my impulse; gone for a walk, or drink some water until “wisdom waits” wins!
Another time “wisdom waits” would be a good option, is when a person in authority makes a judgment on an important matter without knowing all the details; and then freely shares publicly his opinions on what happened. This can be devastating, as bad information can be shared and hurt a lot of people who otherwise would not be affected.
2016 is upon us. I challenge you to make a diligent effort over this next year to use the “wisdom waits” philosophy in all areas of your life! You might be surprised at the pleasant results!
Happy New Year, everyone!