At some point or the other, we seek advice and guidance – spiritual or secular – to apply in the secular. We ask for direction and leadership, regarding sundry issues that affect us directly and indirectly: personal, family, communal, tribe, official, business and more.

Seeking advice is akin to seeking wisdom because an idea well used or implemented becomes a vehicle of change and anything that brings about positive change resides in the purview of wisdom.

Few questions you may need to quickly address: where do you source a potentially good or wise idea from? From whom do you learn or get directions? Who counsels you? Who gives you insights?

For the actualized mind, the search often evolves from within. Through introspection you can find answers because a mind that’s so exercised is spent in endless musings as it seeks relevance, based on definite purpose for the improvement of the human essence.

Does that seem at variance with regular or mundane thinking? Well, wisdom is the property of the deep because man was made from the deep. Man was made a spirit in the image of the Author. Man is a spiritual being having a physical experience; not a physical being having a spiritual experience.

The man who lives daily in this realization seeks answers from the deep because there will always be the deep to respond; for from the deep he came in the first place. Did that stun you? If it did, you may need to travel with me a while.

The purpose and ideal for relevance has to be for the human essence: the improvement of mankind. Anything less is minus selfless and often less than enduring.

Ponder this a moment: “Let there be light.” When the Author said this, where were you? In other words, when God was creating the earth, where were you? Hold on a while yet…

True wisdom thinking teaches that all things were made to serve the benefit of another: the rain doesn’t rain for itself; the sun shines to bless the earth and the seas exist as the earth’s coolant. Thus, only those with the vision to improve mankind and living have ideas that transmute to innovation of enduring value. It’s a pact with wisdom.

Ideas abound everywhere but only if you have the eyes to see, the ears to hear and the heart to perceive them. If you are perceptive enough to interpret failures; if you are ingenious enough to, from another’s ideas, evolve a new one. If you see, in the environment you dwell in, ordinary everyday things from extraordinarily deeper angles for value. It’s the sixth sense.

The actualized often finds connections that resonate with the ideas that emanate from introspection and moments of creativity, oftentimes borne in solitude.

With fellow creative minds where the Chemistry of the mind interlocks for Mastermind, collaboration unlocks. Here too, great minds have hatched life-changing and disruptive entrepreneurial initiatives that have changed the way we do things: Facebook, Microsoft, Whatsapp, Twitter, Apple, and so many others have so evolved.

Let me share a strong lesson of a culture of collaboration and selflessness from a very traditional experience shared on social media recently:
A heartwarming story from Africa.
[The motivation behind the Ubuntu culture]
An anthropologist proposed a game to the African tribal children. He placed a basket of sweets near a tree and made the children stand 100 metres away. Then he announced that whoever reaches first would get all the sweets in the basket. When he said “ready, steady, go!.”  Do you know what the children did? They held each other’s hands by the fingers end-to-end, ran together towards the tree, divided the sweets equally among themselves, ate the sweets and enjoyed it.
When the anthropologist asked them why they did so, they answered ‘Ubuntu,’ which meant ‘How can one be happy when the others are sad?’
Ubuntu in their language means ‘I am because we are!
Let us strive to have an “Ubuntu Life.”

What do you think of this story?

Truth is that we are all a part of the other. What goes around comes around; what affects one person, affects the other whether directly or indirectly. The uninformed mind does not think this way and that is the reason they harm others without regards for the consequences. An African traditional proverb says we must be careful to throw stones into the market because you never know whom it would hit.

I saw a video on YouTube, The DNA Journey, posted by Momondo. It confirmed my hunch and thinking about humans having more in common with others in the world than they think. In the video, actors of different nationalities each strongly believed that they are better and more important than others.

A DNA test was carried out using their saliva and it was discovered that each national has some percentages of each nationality in them. The British man who hated the German had 5% German blood in him.

The DNA works by one person having 50% from each parent – dad and mum. Their parents get 50% from each parent and this filters on down from your ancestors to become who you are. “In a broad sense, we are all cousins, kind of, because we really are a part of that very race that we probably despised.”    

Wisdom conceives, identifies and attracts wisdom. Whichever way you look at it, these three – conception, identification, attraction – stem from the depth of often gruelling and enervating creative engagements.

The thirsty mind hungrily conceives ideas, endlessly churns out same; where it’s saturated, it is able to attract an equal or missing half and once it spots it, it identifies it for the specific fortune it bears or has. It’s a Mastermind.

The seeking of same ideas or solutions exclusively from external sources without an inner self-drive, acceptance or contribution oftentimes ends in less than an enduring impact. In other words, whatever ideas you receive from external sources should resonate with your depth if they would have any enduring impact on your purpose.

While this is not wrong in itself if it finds true partnership of any sort whatsoever, the result of such engagements would require validation with truth, and should, beyond resonance, require more than commitment to truly thrive.

Now, on what platter is that served? Would such external support be offered free? Again, from whom do you seek such guidance? Permit this ego seeming thought: if you don’t know whom you are wiser than regarding a particular area of human endeavour, you may be seeking advice from the wrong source.

Self-regulation or awareness teaches that one should have knowledge of oneself as well as that of others and this includes competencies. If you lack the knowledge of whom you’re wiser than, you may be swimming in precarious waters. Such a voyage may not be negative in itself if you are ignorantly going through a learning curve; it seems more secure doing it armed with the right information, which should not come without conviction.

Because information is the most valuable commodity there is, it doesn’t come free. Something is given in exchange for it: time, energy, money (directly or directly), painful experience or whatever; but something must give.

In business we take calculated risks and this, you’ll agree with me, is based on the result of introspection, deep and wide range research. Knowledge is involved but the fortune lies in the application of this acquisition [knowledge] for the improvement of mankind. That is wisdom.

Let us bring these thoughts to a head. Some of the pertinent issues raised are:

  • The desire to be guided. We truly want to be led via acquiring the right counsel.

  • But from where do we source great ideas?

  • Any advice or counsel that leads to positive change in the affairs of mankind is wisdom

  • You can get most of the answers you seek either from within yourself or if it comes from without, it must resonate with you to impact your purpose.

  • Where were you when the commandment “Let there be light” went forth? That’s the deep really because man was in His Maker when He made that pronouncement.

  • Nothing exists for itself. So you must find and be the purpose you seek. Those who live in that thought realm are acclaimed wise and hardly exit this sphere without an almost everlasting influence.

  • The power of collaboration emanating from interdependence. Truly enduring growth is better cultivated through cooperation and synergy.

  • Self-regulation is a strength that emanates from the knowledge of self.

These thoughts are nuggets of wisdom; but before we wrap this up, let’s look at two keys: inspiration as opposed to motivation and the place of patience.

Inspiration and Motivation are two opposite views. While the former [motivation] is you taking a hold of an idea and seeing it to its logical end, the latter [inspiration] is an idea taking hold of you and seeing its purpose through you, regardless of whether you permit it or not. An inspiration doesn’t end and the kind of motivation referred to here is the intrinsic; not the extrinsic kind of motivation.

On the question of wisdom and patience, I am of the opinion that both are part of the same. It’s impossible to separate wisdom from patience. Really if a man tells you he’s wise but lacks patience, he is living in a fool’s paradise because it’s not possible to lay claim to wisdom and be impatient.

The Author’s the Wise being and no being is as patient as He. Were it not so, the whole earth would have been annihilated by now.

Estimating wisdom is an essay that seeks to give an evaluation of sundry thoughts to the idea of Wisdom and inspirational thinking via introspection. Wisdom engendered all things in creation.