“I don’t know’. There is so much wisdom in those words. When was the last time you said, “I don’t know”?
It’s a wise person who can say, “I don’t know.” For me, there is freedom in admitting I don’t know something because it opens my mind to an opportunity to learn. None of us are all knowing. Even the “experts” in a given field do not know all there is to know about their area of expertise. A true master of a field is one who can admit ignorance and maintain a desire to learn.
People appear foolish when they act as if they know something when they don’t.
A person who can admit to not knowing tends to be more intellectually and emotionally confident than someone who pretends to know. They also tend to be more comfortable with who they are and don’t feel the need to cover up any perceived ignorance.
I respect people who freely admit when they don’t know something because they are being honest with us and with themselves. When we say, “I don’t know”, we open ourselves to explore what lies beyond our current levels of understanding.
It is the wise person in life that can answer a question with a smile, a shrug, and a vulnerable, “I don’t know, but I’d love to find out.”