Metaphorically speaking, in years past during my infancy I was given things to eat, which I ingested without chewing. The meaning here is that I accepted things without the necessary analysis to inform me, regardless of whether the things were good for me or not. In infancy we start with no teeth, hence the reality of ingesting food without chewing. As I grew older, I developed a set of teeth to chew what I ate before swallowing; this is the sense of ration and analysis.
As years progressed, a set of wisdom teeth developed. I became mindful and reflective, in addition to being rational, intuitive and analytical. The saying: “older and wiser” is very apt in this context. With reference to one’s age, the most common question is “how old are you?” This leads one to infer that the older one gets, the wiser he/she is expected to be; yes, it is a general expectation.
Expectations versus reality can have different outcomes for different individuals, including situations that are circumstantial and beyond one’s ability to have leverage. Ordinarily, however, some individuals may inadvertently compromises themselves and are often short-changed by not realising their true worth. As of now, if you are in business and act on your business plan/s, for those in academia, if do your scholarly work with due attention, you are more than half way there.
My work ethic in business is an amalgam of action (-) mediocrity (+) mindfulness (+) intuition (+) ration (+) reflection (+) analysis (=) realisation of my true potential and worth. Therefore my rightful place is at the high table, not at a lower tier table among crowds, nor among those seated on floor.
I wish you a happy and prosperous new year.