Everyday Wisdom

Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.

Victor Kiam

Currently, I have been compiling a list of quotes for speaking engagements. For some reason, people seem to respond better to ideas when they are spoken by someone famous, infamous, or rich. What do these people know that the average person does not?

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

Henry David Thoreau

Don’t get me wrong; I love quotes and books devoted to sharing some secret wisdom to life, but do these people, who have never lived in our shoes, really know what we need? Do they have access to more information and experiences than the average Jane? It is possible; however, I am starting to believe that people can hear the same things everyday and not connect with them until someone they find interesting or intriguing repeats it. We expect wisdom from the rare and famous but not the everyday.

While quotes from people in the past and those enlightened today can contain life altering wisdom, it is the everyday wisdom that helps us lead our everyday lives. Tips like treat others how you wish to be treated, take care of yourself before you can take care of others, and even don’t shop on an empty stomach are rules of life that we take for granted.

Imagine how life would be different if we were devoted to following everyday wisdom. Most of us don’t need to buy books that reveal some secret to living a happy life, we just need to follow the wisdom we already know.

I challenge everyone. This week, make a list of the everyday wisdom that we all take for granted. In these pieces of wisdom, we can find ways to improve our lives that have always been there, just never fully used.

What is your favorite piece of everyday wisdom?

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.

Confucius

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