Every moment of our lives there is the potential to observe what is available to our consciousness and to relate that observation to what we know to be true. Love Your Life — adapted from The Wisdom of the 7 Sages of Greece, #32 — generalizes that thought to, “Search all ideas for their potential wisdom.” When we cultivate our observations that might be linked to the probable future, we are making it more likely that our future actions will bring about desirable results. A person who intentionally develops mental habits that will be useful in their probable future can then develop the physical skills that will automatically function to create intended outcomes.
Wisdom isn’t the same as science, which predicts future actions based on proven experience with physical reality, nor is it prophesy, which is based on receiving personal information from sources unknowable to normal people. Wisdom is based on careful observation of one’s personal experience and pondering over that experience to the point where one can see the future and prepare for the various eventualities.
Wisdom has some embedded concepts that have recently acquired new names. One useful new term is antifragile. It means to design your plans in such a way that your ambitions are fulfilled come rain or shine. A similar concept and word is slack. That means to have enough of a buffer of time, energy, money and whatever else is needed so that you can cope with all the possible problems that might arise. Slack is having resilience and the power to accomplish what needs doing, whereas antifragile implies more prearranged flexibility of alternate but functional actions.
Antifragile and slack are examples of the wisdom of preadapting to future possibilities.