So much of what we call wisdom is actually just the clarity of perspective. By stepping back and allowing perspective to be part of our process, we are using discrimination. This type of discrimination is needed when we cling to one point of view and limit our ability to see what is before us. Our willingness to have perspective increases our ability to distinguish the important from the unimportant, also it increases the capacity for compassion toward ourselves and others.
A short story to illustrate the point:
A villager lives with his wife, six kids, mother-in-law, some chickens and a cow in a small house in a small village and is going crazy. He approaches a wise man and asks for some help. He advised the man to buy a goat. The man ran out and immediately bought the goat. Now he had a wife, six kids, a mother-in-law, some chickens, a cow, and a goat. Now the house was even more chaotic than before. The crazed villager went back to the wise man and described the increased chaos. He told the man to sell the goat. Obediently the villager went home and sold the goat. Suddenly all he had in his small house were his wife, his mother-in-law, his six kids, a cow and some chickens. Things were positively peaceful without the goat.
Step back. Gain perspective, inhale gently and on the next exhale, say to yourself, Sell the goat.