Prudence

About one hour ago I went to my drugstore to pick up a prescription, with mask on.

As I started to enter a large group of persons were inside, not all with masks on.

I drove to the drive through to pick up the prescription.

I believe that this was a wise and prudent choice.

Prudence is a daring virtue because it continually puts our viewpoints and our comfort at risk.

In Proverbs 14:8 the Sage wrote “The wise man looks ahead. The fool attempts to fool himself and won’t face facts” (TLB).

One facet of the diamond of prudence involves taking time to reflect and certainly in our current situation we all have a lot of free time to reflect and grow.

We can’t microwave personal growth; it requires a slow cooker.

By taking time to reflect: We gain confidence in decision making.

Ever made a snap decision and later wondered if you did the right thing? Remember those impulse purchases at the checkout counter.

At Costco I once bought a very large jar of jalapeños and even many sorry episodes of the side effects of them and a few years, I realized that it was not a wise choice.

Once we’ve reflected on an issue, we don’t have to repeat every step of the thinking process when we’re faced with it again.

We’ve got mental road markers from having been there before. We clarify the big picture.

Reflective thinking encourages us to go back and spend time pondering what we have done and what we have seen. To keep from making the same mistake over and over, you must stop and examine the process that led to it.

We learn from evaluated experience; and experience becomes valuable when it informs and equips us to make wise choices.

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