Want to get wisdom? Get old

By: Jack Fabian
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We’ve all heard the saying, “Wisdom comes with age.” Well, I live in an area of retired people and I’ve got to tell you, wisdom does not always come with age; sometimes age sneaks up all by itself. But of course, individually, we all think we have acquired wisdom. Let’s talk a little more about this idea called wisdom. I always thought that’s what a pitcher did when he threw the ball too close to the batter’s face. Obviously, with the acquisition of a degree of wisdom in my later years, I found out there’s more to it than just a scar on the side of your face. Wisdom is an attribute that’s a blessing to have, as long as you don’t know you have it. Once an individual is convinced he has wisdom, it’s no longer there but he remains certain that he has it. His actions give him away and we’re back to the scar on the batter’s face. Words of wisdom have been quoted for hundreds of years and many of these sayings are priceless and very often quite humorous. For example, “The lesser of two evils is not nearly as much fun as the other one.” I don’t recall who said that, but then again, I don’t remember where I parked my car. I understand that wisdom doesn’t necessarily resolve that problem. The car’s not going anywhere but, with a little luck, I’ll find the keys in my pocket. How ‘bout this one which is termed Dunn’s Discovery: “The shortest measurable interval of time is the time between the moment I put a little extra aside for a sudden emergency and the arrival of that emergency.” How true to life is that! Some wisdom statements just wreak of brilliance, like the one made by a friend of mine in Philadelphia. He insists that the main cause of divorce is marriage. Where does such brilliance come from? This friend, by the way, was only married for 18 months and never spoke to his wife. He said he didn’t want to interrupt her. When it comes to sports figures, the king of wisdom in the baseball world was Yogi Berra. He had no idea what wisdom was, he just automatically blurted out stuff that was phenomenal. One in particular I like a lot was when Yogi said, “If the fans don’t want to come out to the stadium, nobody can stop them.” Or how ‘bout, “Always go to other people’s funerals. Otherwise, they won’t show up at yours.” This is one I heard right here in Lincoln: “If you die in your sleep, you won’t know it ‘til the next morning.” That friend of mine from Philadelphia that I previously mentioned did not possess a lot of wisdom, but he certainly was blessed with optimism. At one point in his marriage, he went to the marriage bureau to see if his marriage license had expired. He said something one time that had nothing to do with wisdom but deserves mention here. He said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plan.” Jack Fabian is a Lincoln resident.