Words of Wisdom Gleaned from My Parents and Other Wise People

When you clicked on thewisejourney.com today, I hope you didn’t have the idea that my City Cousin and I think WE are the source of all wisdom. We both think we’re pretty smart, but we’re not THAT smart!

Here are some nuggets of advice passed on to me that I wish I’d thought of:

My dad used to quote Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived: “Even a fool when he holdeth his tongue is counted wise.” I can’t tell you how many times remembering that proverb has prompted me to keep my mouth shut.

Along that same line, Andy Rooney said, “In a conversation, remember that you’re more interested in what you’re saying than anyone else is.”

Some of the most valuable advice my mother ever gave me was this: “The best thing you can do for your children is to love their father.”

One of the best recipes for happiness, in my opinion, comes from Rudyard Kipling, in “The Children’s Song”: “Teach us to delight in simple things.”

And again, from the book of Proverbs, here is some of the best cautionary advice for healthy relationships that I know: “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

©Sharon Sheppard, the Country Cousin, 2014