Three Wise Words–I Don’t Know!

“The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.” –John W. Holt Jr.

Have you ever been around people who, even when you know that they don’t know much about the subject at hand,  they keep talking anyway as if they were totally knowledgeable?  Have you found yourself embarrassed that you didn’t know all that much about a subject, but you want so bad to be a part of the topic so you pipe in too without really knowing what you are talking about?

Some of the wisest words that can be spoken at a time that you are not sure about something are “I don’t know”  Of course we are all entitled to our own opinion, but if you really don’t know anything about the subject at hand the best thing to do is admit it and say, “I don’t know”.  The good thing about admitting not knowing something  is, we then are open to finding out more about the subject from someone who does know about it.  That is the beauty of having others who have talents and knowledge that we don’t have and to whom we can go to get some answers.

I believe that the reason many of us share our views about a subject we know little about is the fact that we have a need to “belong” to some group or crowd.  However, the fact that we don’t know everything about whatever is being discussed is actually very natural and normal and we shouldn’t feel embarrassed.  By using the wisdom in these words “I don’t know” we will be found wiser than if we are to just warm the air with our words.  If we remain silent for a time it might amaze us with just how much knowledge we can gain by doing so! And if you state that you don’t know something, then you can rest assured that you are in good company!

On the other hand, what you do know is a tremendous contribution!  It pays to know your stuff well so that you can be a help to all the other people who don’t know what you do.  It reminds me of a little joke that I heard some time ago about a guy that tells everyone that he and his brother knew everything!  So one day someone challenged him and said “oh yeah, well then what is the percentile of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere?” To the which he responded, “I don’t know” and this person said “ha, you see, you don’t know everything!”  then he quipped “that is something my brother knows!” Ha!  So, it is comforting to know that you don’t have to know everything, you can get your brother’s help!

And of course, if you don’t know something, ask Google or Wikipedia!  How much do you know?

8 Replies to “Three Wise Words–I Don’t Know!”

    1. Hi Louise! Yes you have realize the need to get filled before you go looking for answers! I ope you get a change to read the previous article in regards to sharing the luv, I mentioned you in it too and shared how much I appreciate your poems! I really hope that you are enjoying a wonderful week!

    1. Hey Rebecca! Hope you have been doing well nice to have you stop in! I am also so thankful to have friends and even my family to help me where I am not as bright as I wish I were! Just the other day I was going nuts over something on my new Theme trying hard to figure things out, my son came and and I shared my frustrations with him! In like 5 minutes he helped me do evertthing that I wasted an hour trying to resolve! Oh my, humble pie! But no one has ever died by swallowing their pride! Have a great week Rebecca!

    2. Hi Rusty – I am about to go read “Sharing The Love” – and thank you so much for mentioning me – that’s so nice of you – I’m really glad you like my poems – it means alot to me!! 🙂

  1. I think ego gets in the way if you feel you must know the answer. Not everyone can know everything about everything. I used fear that in sales not knowing an answer. Now I find it as an opportunity to show follow-through and get back to them with the correct answer.

    1. Yes a lot has to do with pride getting in the way, thinking that you should know the answer. It shows maturity as a sales person or in any position to acknowledge the fact we don’t have all of the answers, but once you show that you are determined to help the customer or person out, it goes along way in your relationship with that person! Great point! Thank you Lisa!

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