Your image of a sage might include white robes, long beards, and sitting cross-legged under a tree.
Confusion blocks your path and limits your impact.
Buddha, Jesus and confusion about sagacity:
Did the Buddha withdraw? His story says he meditated for seven days under a Bodhi tree or ‘tree of wisdom’. (Victoria and Albert Museum) But he didn’t stay under the tree waiting for the world to beat a path to him.
After enlightenment the Buddha traveled and taught for 45 years.
Did Jesus withdraw? His story includes 40 days of fasting and all-night prayer vigils. (Matthew 4:1-11) But he didn’t stay in the wilderness. He went around teaching and meeting needs.
Share your sagacity:
If you know where the bread is, then tell someone.
If you’ve tried-failed-and-learned, then for crying out loud, speak up. Everyone is a sage to someone. An older sister is a sage when she teaches a younger brother how to climb a tree.
If you’ve overcome an obstacle or succeeded in some small way, then share your solution.
Go or wait:
Students need initiative, but sages shouldn’t sit under the Bodhi tree.
Sages need to proclaim their value and be available like Buddha and Jesus.
A seventh grader:
Everyone is a sage to someone.
After watching our grandson (7th grade) play basketball, I said, “I can help you play better.” He leaned in and gave me his complete attention. He watched closely while I drew on a piece of paper.
- We both enjoy basketball.
- I’ve played much more basketball than he has.
- He believes I have his best interest in mind.
- I spoke from the voice of experience.
- I told him – with confidence – I can help.
When you see an issue, try saying, “I think I can help.”
What have you learned from experience that has made your leadership better?
How might a sage overcome reluctance to share wisdom?
6 Ways to Recognize a Wise Leader (Thinkers50)