If you use these 9 phrases every day, you have more wisdom than you realize

Our everyday lives are full of wit and wisdom if we know where to look. I’ve learned a lot of what I know about the world from the things I’ve heard from other people.

In fact, you might be wiser than you realize. It all depends on the way you think about things and how you talk about the world you’re in.

Some words and phrases are more powerful than others, and if we use them then it suggests that we’re wiser than our years and that we’ve learned from the generations that came before us.

And so with that in mind, let’s take a look at nine everyday phrases that suggest we have more wisdom than we realize.

1) “Sometimes silence is the best response.”

Given what we said about some phrases being more powerful than others, we need to remember that the words we use have a lot of power.

That also means that if we’re not careful about how we use them, our words can hurt people. In the heat of the moment, when our emotions are running high, it’s often better to respond with silence.

The great thing about silence as a response is that it gives you thinking time and so you can do a better job of things when you respond with your words later on.

Try silence sometime. You might just be surprised.

2) “Listen more, speak less.”

The irony behind this phrase is that when you use it, you should use it silently.

We miss a lot because of our desire to speak. In fact, when we’re having a conversation with someone, we often spend the time when they’re talking figuring out what we’re going to say when it’s our turn.

As you can imagine, this is an inefficient way to communicate at best, and it also means that people often don’t actually listen to one another.

As the quote says, we should listen more and speak less.

3) “Change is the only constant.”

When you accept that the only constant in life is change, it can actually be quite liberating.

The idea here is that while we can plan for the future and work towards a goal, we also need to accept that we don’t control every single factor.

We only have to look at the COVID-19 pandemic to see this in action. Over the space of just a couple of short years, everything changed, from the way that we spend time with friends and family to the way we work.

And it’s the people who accept that change is a constant who are best placed to adapt to that change.

4) “It’s better to be kind than right.”

I’ll admit that this is one I struggle with, because I love being right.

At the same time, I also like to be kind, and I don’t like upsetting people. If my girlfriend and I disagree about something, it’s often better for us to agree to disagree than to keep on arguing.

There are times in life when you need to be right. For example, if you work for NASA and you’re working on the kind of calculations where a minor error could cause a crewed spaceship to crash, you’d better get them right.

But if you’re driving somewhere and you and your partner have different opinions on which way to go, does it really matter if you go the wrong way?

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5) “Every failure is an opportunity to learn.”

Failure is inevitable and comes to us all. In fact, the only way to avoid failure is to do nothing.

What’s important is that we take the opportunity to learn from our failures. There’s a lesson in every failure, if only we’d take the time to listen.

In fact, if we want to be successful in life then we need to take calculated risks. I like to weigh up the risk vs. the reward and to only take the risk if it’s low enough or the reward is good enough.

Sometimes, those risks don’t pay off, and that’s when we learn.

6) “Actions speak louder than words.”

People who believe that actions speak louder than words tend to go out of their way to live by it.

That means that rather than telling someone that they love them, they’ll show them through their actions. And rather than promising that they’ll help you move and then bailing on you when the big day comes, they’ll show up and start lifting boxes.

With that said, bear in mind while you’re using this phrase that words are powerful, too. That’s why we have an article on nine wise phrases in the first place.

Words are the foundation, but actions are the bricks that we build a house with.

7) “Life’s about the journey, not the destination.”

This phrase is super popular for a good reason.

It’s easy for us to get distracted by our end goal and to focus so heavily on it that we forget to take in the scenery along the way. That’s especially true in today’s fast-paced world in which we’re constantly being told to hustle and spend our money.

If more of us could remember that life is about the journey and not the destination, the world would be a better place. And people would be a lot happier.

8) “You can only control your own actions.”

This one reminds me of the serenity prayer, which goes, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”

We need to have the courage to control our own actions and the serenity to accept that we can’t control those of other people, as well as the wisdom to know the difference between the two. And using this phrase shows that you have that wisdom.

The good news is that when we control our own actions, we’re able to shape the future. If we want to lose weight, we first need to control our own actions by monitoring the food we eat and the exercise we get.

And who knows? By controlling our own actions, we might just set a good example for someone else to follow.

9) “Only do what only you can do.”

This is a favorite of mine for use in the workplace, because otherwise I have a tendency to overexert myself by trying to do everything myself.

There’s no shame in us asking people for help. The difficulty often comes in knowing what to let go of.

The idea behind this phrase is that we can delegate everything that someone else can do. In my case, I delegate cleaning my house to a professional cleaner, because she’s better at it than I am and my time is better spent elsewhere.

Don’t try to take on everything yourself. It’s a sure-fire way to burn out.

Conclusion

Now that you know nine of the everyday phrases that show you have more wisdom than you realize, you’re ready to start living your life based on the wisdom that those phrases contain.

Like I said at the start, the words we use have power. The actions that we take have even more power, and if we can make sure that the two of them are aligned, we’re perfectly positioned to live our best lives.

It’s time for you to put that wisdom to work. But remember, you have much more wisdom than you realize.

Dane Cobain

Dane Cobain

Dane Cobain is a published author, freelance writer and (occasional) poet and musician with a passion for language and learning. When he’s not working on his next release, he can be found reading and reviewing books while trying not to be distracted by Wikipedia.

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