Life Lessons: Give Us Your Best Advice

Our last meeting yielded a revealing look at education, namely the efficacy of contemporary education in light of government regulation and intrusion. It reinforces the notion of finding new ways of educating youth and radically modifying curricula to help students develop the skills necessary for optimal living and adaptation to an ever-changing world. Let’s expand on this theme at our next meeting and pose the question “What do you know now that you wish you had learned earlier in life?” I would love to hear everyone’s perspectives and experiences with respect to this question and related considerations, such as:   

What you really wish your teachers/parents/elders taught you

The most important lessons you’ve learned from your mistakes

What you would do differently if you had the chance to relive your life

The best advice you’ve ever received and how you incorporate it into daily living

What sound advice you give to your children (or would give to a younger person)  

As it’s never too late to grow, learn, and change, let’s reflect on our lives, our lapses in judgment, and our greatest epiphanies. Please feel free to share your thoughts on this topic until we meet.  

An Overview of the Psychology of Wisdom:

Essential Secrets of Psychotherapy: The Healing Power of Clinical Wisdom:

The Biggest Regret of Your Life:

Top 10 Lessons for Living from the Wisest Americans:

The Legacy Project:

50 Questions That Can Change Your Life:


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  • Craig Y.

    I have gone through the articles. In the overview of psychology of wisdom, I quote: "Both a dogmatic attitude toward knowledge (which usually is accompanied by social isolation and self- centeredness, and which makes it difficult or even impossible to listen to and respect others' opinions) and, conversely, paralyzing doubt (reflected in the inability to enter into dialogue with others or to be encouraged through such exchange of opinions to be more confident about knowing and acting,) thwart the creation of an atmosphere conducive to wisdom."

    April 25

    • Maria

      Undoubtedly. It is very difficult to achieve genuine and generative wisdom with so many conflicting voices asserting so many different systems of belief. Wisdom appears akin to happiness in that it must be self-defined and individualized to one’s principles and proclivities. We are bombarded with opinions, convictions, and advice. The wise person knows to extract from this daily onslaught of information only those points that are pertinent, reasonable, functional, motivating, and conducive to self-betterment.

      April 27

    • Craig Y.

      Basically philosophy is a study of wisdom. Wisdom is a usually a solution to harmonize conflicting ideologies by abstraction. Because we are bombed with sound bites and bits and pieces of information, it is difficult to sit back and make sense of it. The democratic system allows different interest groups to pressure for their agendas/doctrines, often contradictory both on the national level and on the international level, resulting paralysis on the national level and confusing at the international level.

      April 27

  • Larry

    I will be working in Philly on Tuesday but hope to be back in town in time enough to join the conversation...I may be a little late

    April 24

    • Maria

      Okay. Hope you can make it. Got a feeling this one will go into overtime.

      April 26

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