The mind is the first Wikipedia – so powerful, that we’ve managed to thrive on this planet with 10% usage, on average. It is the storage facility for knowledge and wisdom; although the knowledge shelves are stacked high, wisdom spaces echo with desire to fill their vacancies. You can hold all the knowledge and still be as dumb as a wet pillowcase full of nickels.
I was introduced to the term “transformation tourism” today. Seth Godin summarizes the concept wonderfully:
Merely looking at something almost never causes change. Tourism is fun, but rarely transformative.
Many of us are taking a tour of our own lives. This is why you got so much, yet we’re still out here trying to get it. We have more medical and physiological information than any generation before us, yet our life expectancy is shorter. There are more MOCs (millionaires of color) than ever before and I have yet to attend the ribbon cutting of new banks or credit unions. The Word of God has thousands of translations available through traditional and digital media to reach the dustiest crevices of the most desolate third-world countries — but Christianity suffers at the height of global persecution in present-day society.
If knowledge is the content, then wisdom is the application of said knowledge. We want the satisfaction that comes from the event of getting things (i.e., relationships, houses, cars, jobs, toys, etc.) but struggle with the discipline needed for the lifestyle of having things (i.e., maintaining the acquisition).
We got the books, supplements and workout clothes, but can’t get in the gym. We got the self-help books, but can’t get past the first 12 pages. We got the powerful Word from God on Sunday, but can’t get through the drama of Wednesday. We got the wedding memories, but can’t get a marriage future.
We must discover and re-discover the habits that embrace the application of our knowledge that will bring us wisdom to enhance our quality of life spiritually, physically, mentally and professionally.