Information, knowledge, wisdom…yes, please!

info-wisdom-If I look hard enough I can find more information about any given subject in a matter of hours (if not minutes) via the internet then I could ever have imagined just a few years ago.

Want information about exercise, nutrition, avoiding disease, you name it – it’s there for the taking.

Then why aren’t we in magnificent shape, strong, healthy, and eminently capable physical specimens?

Simple – unless you do something with the information, put it into use, it’s interesting but not truly valuable.

That’s why we saw an influx in “knowledge-based” systems years ago; something we now simply take for granted.

Think about the ads you see along the borders of your email or Facebook panels, for example. That’s information about you, your habits, your interests. They’ve been gleaned from your activity on-line and form the basis of what is targeted (knowledge-based) marketing.

How can you, in your quest to be your own best advocate for your health and wellness, advance your efforts and become even more effective?
By using a combination of information, knowledge, and wisdom!

Wisdom??? Really???
Lemme explain…

If you know how many grams of sugar are in that can of soda on your table, you have information.

if you know that drinking that much sugar is detrimental to your health, you have knowledge.

If you make the decision to avoid soda and replace it with a more healthful alternative, now that’s wisdom.

It’s using that knowledge and taking appropriate action that makes all the difference in the world.

Strangely enough, most people tend to think of information and knowledge as things they can acquire simply by putting their minds to it (no pun intended), but believe that wisdom is somehow different.

I believe that wisdom can be nurtured and enhanced by anyone who is willing to invest in themselves. It requires consistent attention, patience, and an open (not guarded or judgmental) mindset.

Mark Sisson, the creator of the Primal Blueprint, (whether you agree with his approach to nutrition and health or not) has very wisely said “We are all an experiment of one”.
He often disputes what he calls “conventional wisdom”.

I suggest that when it comes to your personal health and wellness, the “subjective wisdom” you develop can be far more crucial and effective than anything else.

So yes, be diligent in acquiring information; bear in mind that there are many sources of information and choose wisely.
Yes, be consistent in applying that information and increasing your knowledge; make changes intelligently so you can understand the effect and not lose it among a flurry of chaos.
And yes, become wise in the pursuit of your personal vision of wellness and the most fulfilling life you can live.

About zolfw

I am an avid trail runner and fitness enthusiast, an accomplished cook, a lover of cinema and literature (although I read everything from graphic novels to professional psychology tomes, neither extreme being literature in the strict sense) . I am a retired Health and Wellness Coach. I am a husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.
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