When you hear the word maturity, what's the first thing that pops in your mind? Me, it's age, which has almost nothing to do with maturity as I now understand it. I used to think that as we aged, we automatically became wiser. I've been often shocked to learn this isn't true. Many of my young students are more mature than many adults I've met...I wonder what it is inside some of us to become more mature as we age. When I think about it, maturity comes closer to being wise. I feel being wise is observing and asking lots of questions. It has a lot more to do with introspection. So many people are hurting and only know how to react and lash out. If we react in the same way, there will be more pain and it could potentially becoming a never ending cycle of hurt and pain. Now, when I have a negative physical reaction, I observe it and ask questions..."Why am I feeling this way? Did I do or say something to cause that person to do or say what I've perceived to be hurtful? Is there anything I can do or say to help clear this?" This takes lots of practice. It's natural for our bodies and minds to have a reaction but it's up to us to stop if from going to far. I am 100% responsible for my actions. If someone hurts me, that's on me. If I hurt someone, that's on me. I hope I'm on my way to not ever do or say anything that could cause pain, if that's even possible..
Intelligence. What does this word mean to you? At first thought, to me, it means understanding. Being smart, as in knowing factual information, doesn’t equal intelligence to me. I have several pieces of paper in different areas of study, and while they all filled my brain with information, they didn’t necessarily bring intelligence. I feel like my intelligence in the areas I’ve studied came from asking questions and applying the information I gained to create knowledge (which can be argued, do I really have intelligence in these areas? Can anyone, truly? Thing change...). Anyone can read a book, take a class, watch a video, whatever way you like to take information and absorb it. That doesn’t mean we understand it, can apply it and most definitely not teach it. However, teaching something can help deepen our own understanding too. Intelligence is always growing and changing. Every minute on this earth is an opportunity to learn something. Pieces of paper and/or job titles do not equal intelligence in my opinion. Asking questions and then asking questions about your questions leads to intelligence. These are my thoughts at this time anyway, they could always change and I’m looking forward to that.