by Daniel Jacob, MSW: Founder of Can You Hear Me?
Wisdom... My writing this week is inspired by the words to the left, and my thoughts as a result have allowed for further process. *Contrary to popular beliefs, wisdom is not the gift of "knowing
everything," but rather possessing an open mind to further increase
knowledge. A wise person always thinks before they speak, talk about
subjects they know about, and ask questions about the ones he/she are not
familiar with. People who possess wisdom tend to be humble and do not show off, Wisdom...
It is fair to say that I have been provided some life experiences that have allowed for necessary insight and reflection. In addition, my academic training and work experiences have only enhanced my understanding and awareness, Wisdom... However, what resonates with me today is that connection between listening and speaking, and how my roots have shaped and influenced my wise ways. Growing up the youngest in a house with strong presence, separation, challenge, distance and many other factors impacted my inability to have a voice... These early influences shaped my identity, but they also opened up a door towards opportunity. As I moved through this space and place I was able to further develop by observing, listening and learning from my surroundings. This foundation in of itself shaped my development and my ability to see what most pass by, Wisdom...
Although there have been many times in my life when I would of rather spoken, I have been afforded a true gift because I did not. One that has allowed me to see through the eyes of others, and give in a manner that can truly change the quality of life. What once began by challenge has moved me through that thing we call growth... It ultimately turned into an ability to effectively help (and support) and I have been rewarded, Wisdom...
As I leave you with your own thoughts, may you move towards a level of understanding that once again will allow you to see what you have, and not what you just do not need. Listening when you would have preferred to talk, Wisdom...
* "Characteristics of Wisdom." Reference.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2013.
Daniel Jacob, MSWEmail
of Can You Hear Me? External Field Instructor at University of Southern
California School of Social Work MSW@USC. Daniel has a Masters in
Social Work (Families and Children Practice/School Social Work). He is
currently nearing the completion of the LCSW testing process. More about the man behind the mission⇢