In school, rarely do we learn how data become facts, how facts become knowledge, and how knowledge becomes wisdom.
There are many talented people who haven’t fulfilled their dreams because they over thought it, or they were too cautious, and were unwilling to make the leap of faith.
Martin Niemöller, a prominent Protestant pastor who was an outspoken critic of Adolph Hitler, said:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. — Buddha
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
Politicians traditionally hide behind three things:
“Nonviolence is not a set of techniques that you can learn with your intellect,” he goes on to say. “Nonviolent action arises from the compassion, lucidity and understanding you have within.”
“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”
“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”
Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines, always said (paraphrasing), “If I take good care of my employees, then they will take good care of my customers. My customers, in turn, will take good care of my shareholders”. It is really that simple.