Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
“Knowledge speaks, but Wisdom listens.” Jimi Hendrix
“A Wise person knows that there is something to learn from everyone” – Poster Quote (Not sure the originator)
The first is one of my favourite quotes, and one I tend to adhere to as much as possible. Mainly because it speaks so many truths. I’m an avid listener rather than a talker (mainly because I hate the sound of my own voice :D), to spread knowledge is great but to broaden the horizons of your own knowledge is much is greater, knowledge is power after all!
I slightly disagree with the second; I would say a knowledgeable person knows there is something to be learned from everyone. Where-as a wise person would know how to use that information to either aide themselves or others with the new acquired information. But yes you can learn so much from other people, with just a little in depth observation, whether in conversation, watching them perform an act or just in a more general sense.
If Knowledge is information or a tool, then Wisdom is the understanding and application of said information or the craft within which you use said tool.
Unfortunately we can gain a lifetime of knowledge, yet never see the wisdom in it.
The story of how I met my true love – Coffee
Before I started college or working or anything that required more brainpower than the norm, I was a tea drinker. I never liked the smell of coffee and I definitely didn’t like the taste. Anything coffee related I would turn my nose at, even chocolate which I unquestionably have a love affair with! I now drink coffee every day and probably sink about 3 or 4 cups before 10am. I saw a great ‘meme’ the other day which pretty much summed up my feelings for coffee now and it did make me laugh (I’ll try and find it and put it in this blog) So where did it start? How did I become this caffeine infused monster?
Well I can actually pinpoint the exact place and time that I realised coffee wasn’t just a drink and more of a tool or an aide, just like smoking and alcohol, which you can use to manipulate and stimulate the body and mind. A tool which, after time, becomes an acquired taste. I was 17 and we were on a family weekend away at Alton Towers. It was a ridiculous time in the morning and we’d stopped in a services to wait for the others who were in another car and quite a bit behind. I couldn’t sleep and was in need of something to keep me going. After a bad experience with energy drinks when I was younger I opted for a Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks and certainly wasn’t disappointed, the caramel took away the bitterness that I hated in coffee and I felt so much better in terms of alive-ness. Even after this realisation I didn’t become a consistent and abusive coffee drinker until a couple of years ago when I started working in an office. It wasn’t until then that I realised how valuable and how big a part of my daily routine coffee would become! Be right back coffee break …
The change of work from laborious hands-on, to becoming a pen pusher/key tapper sat in a chair had a big effect on the way my body and mind used and needed energy. I started frequently going to the gym to replace the activity side of things, but it was the mental aspect that was the hardest to come to terms with. The constant use of brainpower from the minute I step through the door just isn’t what I’m used to, nor wanted to get used to apparently (I much preferred the extra hour sleep I’d get in the van on the way to site XD). That’s where my dear old friend coffee and I became an inseparable pair. I take my coffee in all forms, espresso-latte I’m not fussy. Until it comes down to freeze-dried or powder then I’m a bit of a snob and refuse to drink any cheap brands.
Weekends are my only real downtime from knocking back cups of coffee like I’m on a night out playing catch up with the guys. I like to kick back, relax and chill. Although I do have a couple it’s nice to let my brain recuperate from the caffeine smashing through the week.
I honestly don’t know how I’d cope without coffee in my life anymore. I probably rely on coffee now more than I do my family and friends and I’ve probably got some serious addiction that I should get checked out but I don’t care! You’ll never split us up! It’s me and coffee for life baby! Okay maybe that is enough coffee for one day…
I’m a little disappointed I couldn’t find the ‘meme’ I was looking for, something to do with one coffee being mandatory, two coffee’s being obligatory and so on, but hey-ho! Until next time 🙂
As the years pass me by and I grow ever wiser, these words seem to be truer than ever, which is sad to admit.
“Don’t believe everything you hear: Real eyes, realise, real lies!” – Tupac Shakur
– The Bloggerman
So I see a lot of bloggers that do a quote of the day, so I thought I’d jump in and start with one of my own. This won’t be a daily thing for me, but maybe a weekly, we shall see 🙂
“Knowledge is power! However knowledge does not help, if you do not act upon it!”
– The Bloggerman