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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Kelly

The Secret to Growing in Wisdom

What is wisdom? Well, it’s more than just common sense. There are many ways wisdom can manifest in our lives. One is through sound judgment and good decisions. Wisdom can also manifest through profound spiritual insight. But one of the most powerful ways wisdom manifests in our lives is through desire.

It is great everyday wisdom to want what is good for you. You may say, “I don’t always know what is good for me.” That’s okay. In fact, that’s one of the amazing things about wisdom. Just desiring wisdom is wise. So, even if you don’t know what is good for you, just the desire to know what is good for you is wisdom… and a great prayer.

The problem we encounter is our desire for things that aren’t good for us.

Our lower instincts are wired to seek pleasure and avoid pain. But sometimes pleasure is the worst thing for us, and pain is just what we need. That’s why our higher faculties, such as our will and intellect, are able to move beyond our instincts and choose what is true, good, just, and right.

Wisdom is wanting the right things. And the right things are those that help you become more fully alive and fully human, the things that help you love God and neighbor, and the things that help you become the-very-best-version-of-yourself!

Matthew Kelly

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