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My One Word for 2018 is Wisdom

Wisdom, according to, is "the quality or state of being wise;
knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action;
sagacity, discernment, or insight."

"Any fool can know. The point is to understand."

This quote, often incorrectly attributed to Albert Einstein, provides an illustration of the value of understanding over knowledge. A simple search reveals this quote can be linked to the writing of mathematician, George Finlay Simmons

Narrowing my thinking to one word is an interesting challenge. I have gained a greater appreciation for words and how the combination of words can convey meaning beyond definitions, beyond knowledge.

Where are the resources for knowledge in a modern world? We purchased an Amazon Echo as a gift for my parents. "It's such a smart and funny device," says my mom. Alexa has a seemingly unlimited access to information, music, and jokes, but does she understand? Can robots and computers obtain wisdom?

"Wisdom is the product of reflection, imitation, and experience." 

This quote is loosely attributed to Chinese philosopher, Confucius. Regardless of the source, these ingredients for wisdom resonate with me. Sources of knowledge are growing ever easier to find. Conversely, many of us are finding it increasingly challenging to find glowing examples of wisdom. This perceived scarcity is driving my curiosity. My search for sources of understanding is why I have decided upon "wisdom" as my #OneWord for 2018.

What is your one word for the coming year? Why are you making this word a focus of your thought and action? Wishing you the best for the coming year, and beyond.

photo credit: simple pleasure do or do not. there is no try. via photopin (license)


Joy Kirr said…
Bob, I love this line - "This perceived scarcity is driving my curiosity." I love that you're examining the word this year, not just living it. Thank you for sharing! My one word is "health," so I'll keep your blog on my Feedly, because it helps me with my mental health. ;D Here's to 2018!
Robert Schuetz said…
Nice! Thank you, Joy and Happy New Year! "Health" is the wonderful thing that makes all things possible. Wishing you perfect health in 2018, and onward. - Bob

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