Posts Tagged ‘Wisdom’

Yeah, There’s A Potential Joke Here, But I’m Actually Serious

November 23, 2022

When I was younger I didn’t like approaching people because I never got the sense that they liked me. It was only when I was older that I realized that, while I was technically correct, it wasn’t that they disliked me, they didn’t like me because they didn’t know me well enough to like me . . . or dislike me, for that matter.

Yes, Exactly!

November 9, 2022

As I did the obligatory (and wise) walk around the house to secure things for our brush with Nicole, I decided a few things in frequent use on the back porch were sheltered enough that I could safely leave them so long as we didn’t get a dramatically unexpected shift in projected wind speed here.

I mentioned this to my son, stressing that I’d be keeping an eye on the wind, of course, and that if I started to see a problem forming, I could bring them in quickly enough, so it was something to watch for, but nothing to worry about since conditions were changing so slowly.

“So . . .” he said. “This would be an example of something that is important, but not urgent then.”

The Frog Has A Point

April 20, 2022

You can discern many things about the nature of a man by how he responds when things do not go his way.

– Hanyi, Wilde Life

And It’s Always Provided It

February 14, 2022

One of the many reasons I’m still a fan of comic books is because I’ve learned so much from them over the years. Since that may sound odd to you if you think of comics as “funny kiddy books” (an attitude that isn’t as prevalent as it once was, but I doubt it’s died out entirely), let me give you an example:

Some (okay, several . . . okay, many at this point) years back there was a Batman comic (please forgive me for not tracking down the exact issue) that involved a police officer who idealized Batman, and after a trauma he came to believe that he was Batman and started dressing up in the costume and killing criminals. Batman and Robin stopped him in the end, of course, and the real Batman expressed his understanding of the poor guy because (to poorly and inexactly quote from memory) “At the end of the day, who am I but another guy who thinks he’s Batman.”

To this day that still resonates with me, because at the end of the day, who am *I* but another guy who thinks he’s __________.” Over the years I’ve filled in that blank with a variety of words and phrases whenever I’ve needed some perspective.

This Isn’t Necessarily A Bad Thing

February 9, 2022

It’s been said before (possibly by me) that age doesn’t necessarily bring wisdom, merely the opportunity for wisdom. Along those same lines, it occurs to me that age doesn’t necessarily bring weirdness, but it certainly provides greater opportunity.

A Quick Candle For My Son

November 24, 2021

I want to commend you, son, for realizing that much of what people argue about today are indeed “social constructs.” (I’m presuming your mother introduced you to that concept because that’s not a turn of phrase I use.) Once you think about, you start to realize that it’s frankly impossible for every place that claims, for instance, to make “the world’s best pizza” to actually make the world’s best pizza no matter how passionately their fans argue the point.

Once you realize that, you can appreciate the different styles of pizza and pick your own favorite.

Wisdom Is Where You Find It

October 15, 2021

Dewey: That hound sure was hungry . . . especially for a ghost hound.

Uncle Scrooge: Aye, the druids must not feed it enough. That makes the beast mean.

Huey: That makes the druids mean if you ask me!

DuckTales (1987), “The Curse of Castle McDuck”

Another Pratchett Quote (Because It Gave Me Some Peace)

July 13, 2021

Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.

Terry Pratchett

Bad Rhyme, Good Advice

July 8, 2021
To truly be counted among the wise,
you first have to take your own ad-vise.

– Robert Alan (I think. It sounds familiar, so I may have just heard it somewhere a long time ago.)

Because Shouldn’t I Be Wiser By Now?

May 11, 2021

I thought about including this in yesterday’s post on perspectives of wisdom, but I felt that it disrupted the flow, so I’m adding it today as a follow-up:

An atypical elder’s perspective: Sometimes I wonder if *I* am an exception . . .