“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” ~ Saint Augustine
I have tried to imagine the face of wisdom. The image I see is a person of enormous calm and reserve, taking in everything, yet slow to offer comment. Storing knowledge and experience for later use with caution and proper timing, the wise being of my imagination uses their experience to facilitate foresight and takes time to carefully consider consequences. Taking mindfulness out of time and space and placing oneself in the past, the present and the future to see most clearly.
This is a patient person, waiting watchfully for events to unfold; unhurried by the immediate demands with an eye to the overarching impact of an action. Words chosen with consideration and mindful of their impact, my imagined sage sees time as its companion and equal, not driving the moment but walking in unison. With measured thoughts and words, comes insight. Learning from each experience, the knowing among us carefully build understanding and exercise a judicious habit of action.
Developing a way about us that allows wisdom to evolve requires slowing in all things. Observing and listening, contemplating and considering, holding a thought until it can be examined with care before acting; all change the pace and the results. Practice editing by speaking little and absorbing more. Build up patience to give an idea chance to mature.
Wisdom comes not with age, but from a way of being. Stillness and silence gives wisdom a garden in which to grow, whether you are 18 or 81. Quiet your heart, quiet your mind and let the wisdom around you take root and flourish.