10 Wise Precepts to Adopt Towards Maturity of Mind

Is this man actually mature despite looking like he should be put in a museum?

The following precepts of wisdom that I am about to share with you was devised by fellow Blogger ThoughtBubble of Rooms for the Soul blog.  These 10 Commandments for the 21st Century should, I feel, be adopted by everyone who wishes to mature in mind and live a fuller life:

Signs of maturity:
1. A desire to explore a point rather than make or prove it
2. A tendency not to take things personally
3. A refusal to be judgmental
4. A willingness to admit “I don’t know”
5. An acceptance of people and things as they are rather than demand that they conform to one’s expectations, needs and beliefs
6. A realization that one’s happiness is entirely self and not other-determined
7. An ability to enjoy all the colors of the rainbow rather than be confined to the extreme positions of black and white, right and wrong
8. A readiness to honor every being as an equal and unique expression of the one, universal source
9. The ability and willingness to have as much fun as possible
10. The ability to live a life of gentle, humorous self-enquiry which often means self-acceptance, self-realization and self-liberation”

This wonderful list was a comment left by ThoughtBubble at the Blogcatelog discussion forum in reponse to the question: ‘What does maturity mean to you?’, which was asked by another of my friends, NothingProfound of Out Of Context: pieces of a life blog.

The lesson here is: just because one is of advanced age or has so-called experience does not automatically qualify them as being actually mature or possessing wisdom.

True maturity comes from within, which should then prompt the mind to instigate wise actions towards living a life filled with integrity and joy.  If you want to be of good character who has a mind that permeates with maturity – be it now.

Timelessness is the key to your salvation.

Well, what does maturity mean to you?  I would love to hear your own thoughts.

5 Comments

  1. Amazing list. And to think she came up with them on the spur of the moment.

  2. Jason Cooper says:

    Yes. A very wise woman indeed.

  3. Barbara says:

    As I have just found out, at the age of 48, how annoying I am towards others, how pretense and me centered I have been throughout all my life, and how in spite of that I have led a very poor life, I decided to start anew by following one commandment alone: be kind towards others.

  4. Jason Cooper says:

    Thanks for your comment Barbara!

    I annoy people all of the time because of my unconventional views of life. But that’s their problem, and mostly comes down to either their own preconceived ideas or conditioned ignorance. I’m certainly not losing any sleep because of what certain immature people may think of me.

    I will continue to be myself, live by truth and speak my mind – so I’m sure I will be annoying many more people to come 😉

    By all means be kind to others, but just don’t expect others to reciprocate your benevolence – then you will feel no disappointment and sadness because of that.

    However, I think it’s more important to be kind to oneself first, as you will always be with yourself 24-7 for a lifetime – so don’t forget to treat yourself with TLC once in a while 🙂

  5. David Powell says:

    EXCELLENT STUFF as usual Jason!!! Enjoy this classic gem of a Canadian piece on who I think are TRUE CIVILIZED and enlightened STILL TODAY way more than us….

    Enjoy this CLASSIC GEM….Happy April Fool’s Day from the biggest fool in TEXAS…YEE HAW!!!

    L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia

    Benjamin Franklin on Indians

    In one of his Essays Benjamin Franklin offered same considerations regarding the Indians which are well worthy of remembrance, and of special application to those of Canada . He points out that the Indian men, when young, were hunters and warriors ; when old, counselors ; that all their government was by the counsel or advice of the sages; that there was no force, there were no prisons, and no officers to compel obedience, or inflict punishment. Hence they generally studied oratory, the best speaker having the most influence. The Indian women tilled the ground, dressed the food, nursed and brought up the children, and preserved and handed down to posterity the memory of public transactions. These employments of men and women were accounted natural and honourable. Having few artificial wants they had abundance of leisure for improvement in conversation. Our labourious manner of life, compared with theirs, they esteemed slavish and base, and the learning on which we value ourselves they regarded as frivolous and useless.

    An instance of this occurred at the Treaty of Lancaster, in Pennsylvania , in 1744, between the government of Virginia and the Six Nations. After the principal business was settled the Commissioners from Virginia acquainted the Indians in a speech that there was at Williamsburg a college, with a fund for educating Indian youth, and that if the chiefs of the Six Nations would send down half a dozen of their sons to that college the Government would take care that they should be well provided for, and instructed in all the learning of the white people. It has always been one of the Indian rules of politeness not to answer a public proposition the same day that it is made; they think it would be treating it as a light matter, and they show it respect by taking time to consider it, as being an important matter. They therefore deferred their answer till the day following, when their speaker began by expressing a deep sense of the kindness of the Virginia government in making them the offer:

    “For we know,” said he, “that you highly esteem the kind of learning taught in those colleges, and that the maintenance of our young men while with you would be very expensive to you. We are convinced, therefore, that you mean to do us good by your proposal, and we thank you heartily. But you who are wise must know that different nations have different conceptions of things, and you will therefore not take it amiss if our ideas of this kind of education happen not to be the same with yours. We have had some experience of it. Several of our young people were formerly brought up at the colleges of the northern provinces, they were instructed in all your sciences, but when they came back to us they were bad runners, ignorant of every means of living in the woods, unable to bear either cold or hunger, knew neither how to build a cabin, take a deer, or kill an enemy, spoke our language imperfectly, were, therefore, neither fit for hunters, warriors, or counselors; they were totally good for nothing. We are not, however, the less obliged by your kind offer, though we decline accepting it, and to show our grateful sense of it, if the gentlemen of Virginia send us a dozen of their sons we will take great care of their education, instruct them in all we know, and make men of them .”

    LINK http://faculty.marianopolis.edu/c.belanger/quebechistory/encyclopedia/BenjaminFranklinonIndians.htm