A book review by Stella Constance
Imagine a book club where the participants pick up a gift book from the book club organizer, and each book contains either capacity building strategies or important societal ideas or values. However, there is an expectation that for this precious gift, these readers spread the word about the value of the book they selected. This book club’s motivation is in building family and community capacity; finding solutions to family, community, and international problems plaguing generations of people.
So this week, I am reviewing a book that was gifted to me, and that has value for our global society: 8,789 Words of Wisdom, by Barbara Ann Kipfer
There has been much confusion between the definitions of “knowledge” and “wisdom”.
Hence, we will define them as follows:
Knowledge: “the sum of what is known [that is,]… the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
Wisdom: “ability to discern inner qualities and relationships” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
Thus, wisdom is a person’s ability to put knowledge into proper relationships and actions (practical applications).
So, is there personal, social and monetary value to wisdom?
Yes. Kipfer’s collection of wisdom quotes offers to readers assistance in brainstorming, illumination and review.
Some might say, they already know it – yet, can one see the wisdom in their choice of behavior that creates the environment for their daily living? Whereas, there are others who see wisdom as a good reminder to always keep those values in the forefront for a healthier daily living strategy, as it helps build resiliency and grit — contributors for lifelong success and longevity.
Here are only some of the quotes from the book that has 8,789 quotes:
- You get out of the world just what you put into it
- You cannot get something for nothing
- It is easier to talk about other people than about politics
- Observe nature working
- Don’t flaunt your success, but don’t apologize for it either
- Petty cares wear the soul out drop by drop
- Fear less, hope more
- Interest and attention will ensure your education
- If you look the part, you better be the part *
- Don’t let go of your values
- No one goes through life without suffering
- A good deed is never lost
- A good library takes learning seriously
- Soften your most stubborn positions
- Do not put your life on hold
- Every life has interesting facets
- Each stage of life has a learning curve
- Your daily life is your temple and your religion*
*a couple of my favorite quotes
Lastly, I will leave you with a quote of wisdom from an email communication with a distinguished gentleman, who is a retired neuropathologist, author, and philanthropist, upon hearing that there is an epidemic that could possibly become a pandemic:
“I find life becomes lively when we are aware of both dangers and opportunities and put ourselves on alert to explore the opportunities and take precautions related to the dangers. Never a dull moment. The days are just packed!” – Dr. Arthur Clark
Always an honor meeting such people of great wisdom, willing to handle “life’s curve balls” – who have the vision and values, while putting in the necessary work and valid research to see through positive change, than the predestined darkened fate that awaits those people who stand idly by and do nothing – or with their fear/anger, distract enabled citizens from getting the job done in a coordinated community effort to problem solve effectively.
Imagine, if more people actively searched ways to promote active and responsible citizenship that supported healthier local and global communities while expanding the human creative potential. Would that advance any community in the world? Yes, by huge leaps and bounds, than currently seen – but in order for that to happen, wisdom has to be reclaimed and used, as was done by one’s ancestral tribe, going back millennia. Through archaeological and anthropological records, thousands of years of ancestral tribal generations used wisdom to survive very harsh and adverse living conditions, often intertwined in their storytelling and folklore. Wisdom enabled select bloodlines to survive, while others were claimed by Nature. Wisdom, is a powerful force; it can change predetermined outcomes, as it has from the beginning of human history.
Kipfer’s 8,789 Words of Wisdom provides an excellent start to one’s journey for a deeper understanding, contemplation, and connection on many of life’s topics, that can help make the world a better place for self and others.