From Wounds to Wisdom

“Don’t touch that! It will burn!” These are the final words a curious toddler may hear before they undauntedly reach out their finger to touch the shiny, silver object with the bright red light that looks so intriguing. If they listen to what they hear, they will refrain and become incessantly interested in something else. However, if their focus is not on the voice of warning, but rather on the desire to discover the object itself, they are unquestionably in for a rude awakening. Hot irons burn!

Now, some methodical minds are already trying to create a scenario as to why it was someone else’s fault that the toddler was burned and that child protective services should be called to remove the child from the negligent individual and a potentially dangerous situation. Yeah, ok. However, let’s take our focus to the growing toddler who is learning to listen to the voice of wisdom and understanding.  

Proverbs is an ancient book of virtues, a moral compass for everyday living that when applied can be a positive influence in the formation of your personal character. It is the profound writings by the wisest man that ever lived in history, King Solomon. Many successful people throughout the world have mastered themselves through the practices of these priceless principles.   

In chapter four the reader is enlightened on the importance of gaining wisdom and understanding. You are encouraged to, even if it costs you everything you’ve got, go after it. What that means is you learn from mistakes and failures. These painful events can be dramatic and traumatic. They can even leave physical, mental, and emotional wounds. However, if you truly learn, the price you pay is your ego, your self-importance, your own limited thought processes, your insistence to blame others for your mistakes, and your foolish pride. In return, what you gain is maturity, self-confidence, open-mindedness, responsibility for your own actions and behavior, and humility.  

Wisdom, true knowledge, and understanding, having “been there” and “done that,” cannot be taken away yet can be abundantly shared. So, when engaging in something new, there is always something to be learned. Whether you listened to the voice of warning or whether you learned from what not to do, you can become wiser and  more mature in what you now know to be true. Do not permit the wounds from personal choices to mar you for life. Rather, from the scars that remain, be empowered with wisdom that did not come cheap.

Let’s keep growing and going. It’s a good time to be you!

Peace and Joy,


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