In my recent readings of Proverbs, a repeated idea kept jumping of the pages. Words like rebuke, correct, instruct, teach, and train kept popping up. To take these things to heart is called wisdom in the Bible.
When I came across some similar ideas in Henry Cloud’s excellent book, Necessary Endings, they caught my eye.
Here are a few of traits Cloud gives for both the wise and foolish person:
Traits of the Wise Person:
- When you give them feedback, they listen, take it in, and adjust their behavior accordingly.
- When you give them feedback, they embrace it positively. They say things like, “Thank you for telling me that.”
- They own their performance, problems, and issues and take responsibility for them without excuses or blame.
- Your relationship is strengthened as a result of giving them feedback.