Well, okay … Why would we not share our valuable and hard-won knowledge and wisdom with others?
I can think of two fairly good reasons:
1) OUR WISDOM MAY NOT BE THEIR WISDOM:
We have a tendency to view the world through our own lens.
In other words, we use our own experiences, education, attitudes, values, and beliefs to interpret what we are seeing. This is a fine thing, which nurtures our individuality and helps us to make sense of what we see, hear, smell, and touch,
It also makes us rather bound up with our unique worldview, and forgetful that others may not see things the same way. Maybe they do not even see the same level of value in doing a thing that we do.
This way lies madness, unless we learn to discern what others value, instead of blindly assuming we already know, since … “well, you know, I think this is the best way to be, so how else could it be?”
2) HEARING OUR WISDOM MAY NOT RESULT IN THEIR LEARNING:
There is something to be said for the small child who insists that “I can do it myself”. While they may or may not actually be able to do the thing, and regardless of how much better they would do it if they would only listen to you, the child is learning at a deeper level as they experiment.
So it often is with adults. We learn by doing, not by being told what to do.
Nothing wrong with helpful suggestions or a quick “Stop!” when life, limb, or property is about to suffer harm, but most of the time, the dangers of letting someone do it themselves is in our heads, not in the situation.
You just have to learn how to stay quiet and sit on your hands, while someone else stumbles their way through ,,, and sometimes amazes you with what they CAN do all by themselves.
Those are my thoughts about sharing all your knowledge with others. Now it’s more turn.
HOW HAS SHARING INFORMATION WORKED FOR YOU?
HOW DO YOU VIEW THE IDEA OF NOT SHARING EVERYTHING?
Feeling rather smug because this was originally a THREE point post in the Heartland ….