“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
“It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.”
“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.”
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
"..all human wisdom is contained in these two words, 'Wait and Hope.”
“Don't Gain The World & Lose Your Soul, Wisdom Is Better Than Silver Or Gold.”
Lately, I've been thinking about wisdom. Who has it? What is it? Do you know it when you see it? Is it something that you seek or something that finds you? Does wisdom always equal success? Is wisdom always humble?
At the mention of wisdom and humility, I typed "the cornerstone of wisdom" in my browser because that's just what we do nowadays isn't it. I found this comment on Quora to be quite insightful.
"Wisdom comes from experience, both good and bad. And this tends to develop a sense of humility inside you. So it can be sensed that Wise people are humble, but see life always presents exceptions." - Ankur Kumar
It makes perfect sense that wisdom comes from experiences and with age. Some say wisdom comes from great suffering. Suffering and trauma is never something anyone plans for and is rarely prepared for, so it would lead one to believe there is no other option than to learn from it and accept that it will change the way you look at things. But the opposite is also true, that not all wisdom requires one to suffer. When someone's curiosity and insatiable thirst for knowledge reveal themselves, there is no other alternative but to seek the answers to those questions whether they be practical or existential.
I enjoy learning from other's views on various subjects that interest me and gain so much through their unique insight. Even so, I never forget the supreme importance of keeping independent thinking at the forefront when forming any meaning or opinion. I am purposeful to remind myself often that the last true freedom is the ability to think for oneself without the undue influence of others. Applying one's own thought process to any situation, dilemma or decision, whether it contains natural biases, errors or flaws is still better than never trusting your inner wisdom or intuition.
Having doubts or just doubting yourself is a very natural thing. If we didn't think twice about something before doing it, it really wasn't that important to us. I suppose the secret would be to find a place in between second guessing something and falling head first into full blown overthinking mode. Judgement calls happen more often than well advised and planned problem-solving each and every day. Either way, no one has all the perfect answers at the perfect time, just the perfect answer for each situation in the time it takes that specific individual to make it.
All this seems so serious for someone who likes to transform old, forgotten furniture to something unique and special. I believe quiet, creative people look to gain wisdom as much as anyone else and isn't exclusive to any one class, gender or ethnicity. It reminds me of another quote I ran across about wisdom from a famous humorist that I absolutely loved.
“Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.” ― George Burns
Meeting people from all walks of life has been a source of great joy and learning what they care about makes me a little wiser each time. The last couple of encounters with two beautiful vintage lovers just adds to that wisdom.
I met up with Brooke after several exchanges on Facebook and agreed to take a pair of tables to her workplace. She was a complete doll and so pleased once she saw the Ethan Allen tables in person. She made mention that her mother used to shop exclusively for Ethan Allen furniture back in the day and was so happy to add these pieces to her home. Tradition and history means something special to most people and especially to me and Brook. We both talked about how satisfying it was to buy repurposed, vintage pieces because they come with history and add charm to one's own personal space.
Pictured above is Katelyn and what a bundle of joy this girl was. I met up with her after her shift as a server at a local Chinese restaurant called the Far East which happens to be a local staple and one of the older restaurants here. I told her about how my parents would take us there for dinners occasionally when my siblings and I were very young. She was so enthusiastic about the table I crafted out of an old vintage "Sky Cruiser" suitcase, some fabric, corkboard and some steel hairpin furniture legs. The fact that this young lady, a part-time server, and full-time artist, spent her hard earned money on this table to put her art supplies in made me feel like I just won an Oscar! Something I created was to be used for holding the tools necessary to create something else by someone else. I was so humbled by the fact that she found it adorable and made the decision to purchase from me.
People carry around their own unique wisdom and it's up to us to recognize it and appreciate it. Absolutely everyone has something to teach us and everyone one of us has something to learn.
I've attached the song She Lit A Fire by Lord Huron because I find them so unique and interesting as artists. I like to think wisdom lights a fire within hungry minds.
Always stay classy,
Project Vintage US
Thank you for taking the time to read my blogpost and feel free to leave your thoughts and comments. I started writing pieces and posts to prove to myself I could articulate my thoughts in a way that made sense. I realized soon after that it was somewhat therapeutic to express my thoughts about life's mysterious twists and turns as well as all the wonderful lessons we learn on the way.