Written by Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, these proverbs were probably were a compendium of many of the wise rulings and proverbs that he had spoken during his reign. Specifically here however we learn that Solomon late in his life was probably concerned about passing on the skill of wise living to his son.
Proverbs 1:8-9 reads,
Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
for they are a graceful garland for your head
and pendants for your neck.
The exhortation is to listen to instruction and not forsake the wise teaching that one has received is made. It is said to be "a graceful garland for your head" and "pendants for your neck." The idea here is that holding on to wisdom and the good instruction that you have received will become like a beautiful adornment, one that will highlight and complement a life of character and will do so throughout life.
It is incredible that in a world where instant gratification, self-sufficiency and self-centeredness often seem to be the norm, where rash decisions and foolishness all too commonly pass for "enjoying life" how those who seek to live wisely stand out as a dazzling example.
Do we hold on to, and put in to practice the wise instruction, the wise teaching that we have received from the Word of God or from other godly examples or do we jump quickly to whatever seems good at the time. The life of wisdom is a beautiful life. It is beautiful because it is lived without regrets. The life of wisdom is a beautiful life because it is a life that even at its most confusing is not without direction, because ultimately it recognizes that the most important direction is always toward God. It is beautiful because wise living brings peace, joy and blessing to oneself and others.