Posted by: Admin | September 20, 2010

WORDS OF WISDOM – Billy Connolly

Anarchic comedian, Billy Connolly, has this to say about Wisdom:

“As far as I’m concerned, wisdom isn’t an old guy on the top of a mountain with a loincloth and waist-length hair. Wisdom isn’t an answer. Wisdom is a question…Wisdom is the constant questioning of where you are. And when you stop wanting to know, you’re dead. You’re walking, but you’re dead.”

Billy Connolly

I’ve always thought that one of the most interesting things about growing older is the realisation that you really don’t know much about anything. The more you know, the more you realise how much more there is to learn. It’s time to acknowledge that there is more out there that you don’t know than that which you do.  How exciting to think of all that lies ahead! And how liberating to be able to let go of the youthful need to appear to know everything.

As I have grown older I have noticed a relaxing of the ego, a gentle letting go of the need to be “right”. I feel I am a better, more generous person for it. It means that I am able to allow someone else to “win” an argument – it’s more interesting to me to consider their way of looking at things than “prove” that I know best.

I no longer rush to read a book I fancy, or see a film that appeals to me: they can wait. There’s so much to look forward to, to savour and absorb. Billy Connolly calls himself blessed because he has spent his life doing what he feels he was born to do – to make people laugh. He says:

“There’s a thing in Buddhism that says ‘Find what you should be doing and do it’…I try to tell my children, just try to see what you’re drawn to…when you do something that you’re vocationally drawn to, it’s not like a job. It’s what you should be doing…and you wake up feeling good in the morning, which is a wonderful thing.”

Isn’t that just the best advice? And not just for someone starting out in life – it’s never too late to find that something: never too late to change course. Too many people put blinkers on once they hit 40. They think their lives are settled, set in stone.

Here’s to looking around and embracing change – it’s never too late to become that person you always dreamed you could be!

Quoted in “Wisdom” by Andrew Zuckerman


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