Let’s Grow Wise and Surprise Everyone

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Thought for the Week

“The older we get, the faster we were” (printed on t-shirts at a college runners’ reunion). We can’t buy wisdom, we can’t inherit it, and we certainly can’t download it. Yes, it’s based on experience, yet even time and experience don’t guarantee it. We must constantly hold our experience up to the light of truth tempered by forgiveness, and force ourselves to conclude what’s inconvenient and downright painful. It means being more honest with ourselves every year, until the honesty has finally burned away all the delusions we once held dear, especially those about ourselves. Wisdom is hard work, the hardest there is. No wonder it ages us. Still, it leads to the sweetest and rarest of rests–and when we awaken, we’ll be faster than we ever even pretended we were.

“Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.”
~Maya Angelou

“Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity.”
~Brian Rathbone

“At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.”
~George Orwell

“Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you.”
~Shannon L. Alder

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly
~Langston Hughes

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
~Albert Einstein

“God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.”
~Elbert Hubbard

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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37 Responses to Let’s Grow Wise and Surprise Everyone

  1. Piano girl says:

    Feeling this big time right now. Thanks!

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  2. DeniseBalog says:

    Excellent post Mitch😊 I especially like the quote of “holding on to your dreams”. Thank you for daily sharing your wisdom and dream.

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  3. I’ll go with this one: “Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity.” It suits me.

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  5. Michele Lee says:

    Engaging thoughts, Mitch, and great quotes by powerful minds!

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  6. An enjoyable engaging post, Mitch.
    Does everybody remember this quotation?

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  7. mickmar21 says:

    “At 50 everyone has the face he deserves.”
    Loved that one and am constantly startled at the face in the mirror each morning.

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  8. The headline made me laugh.

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  9. numrhood says:

    favorite film from doris day


  10. We were all bigger, stronger, and smarter in our youth. And we really did walk a mile uphill in a blizzard to get to school!

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  11. scribelady says:

    I agree with you, Mitch. The dinosaurs in the container were definitely more fun than markers, and a thousand times more fun than medicine. Medicine is no fun at all!
    I like the quote about dreams, the best. Dreams give us something to keep working toward.

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  12. I actually did walk a mile in the show to catch the bus, then ride 8 miles to school. My kids were not impressed, either.

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  14. revruss1220 says:

    Great wisdom here. Now, if only I can apply it. I especially loved the quote from Shannon Adler. Nails it totally. Happy Thanksgiving if I don’t “see” you before then.

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  16. kerbey says:

    I like the last one best. I take issue with the George Orwell quote, as I’m nearly 50 and feel that my reflection is certainly undeserved! What happened? Then again, his track record regarding 1984 playing out right before our eyes cannot be disputed.

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  17. pastorpete51 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Mitch. I especially like the last quote on Scars. Reminds me of the poem with the line, “He cannot have traveled far who has no wound or scar.” Amy Carmichael

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  19. Chioma says:

    The last quote got me.

    ” God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars”

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  20. gpavants says:

    Hi Mitch,

    Oh to have wisdom. That would be great and not to age. In Christ,


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  21. Gelin says:

    Love the quotes

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