“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – Derek Bok
Ignorance strikes fear in me. When I’m not knowledgeable about something important, my confidence jumps out the window. I can’t stand it. There’s nothing like a Confidence High. It’s powerful. When it matters, I find out. Books are one of my favorite ways to learn. Talking and learning from others who’ve been there and succeed have often been more helpful to me than my own hands-on experience, believe it or not.
The downfall isn’t the scary thing that jumps out and takes you down; it’s your ignorance that caused you to expose yourself to it in the first place.
Yes, take things with a grain of salt. And too – pepper what you give to others with love, meaningfulness, and sincerity. The more we know, the better we can serve and help others. When we serve and help others while making sure we aren’t taken advantage of, the world starts to work magic that dissolves all of our problems. It’s miraculous.
I really appreciate this quote from Helen Rowland. She says, “A wise woman puts a grain of sugar into everything she says to a man, and takes a grain of salt with everything he says to her.”
Ignorance can fade with time, experience, and learning. Time not only heals wounds, but putting the time into educating yourself can definitely prevent them too.