Council Of Wisdom

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Wisdom—the ability to reach intelligent conclusions— common sense, judgment, wisdom sense. Wisdom sense implies a reliable ability to judge and decide with soundness, prudence, and intelligence. Common sense suggests an average degree of such ability without sophistication or special knowledge. Judgment implies sense tempered and refined by experience, training, and maturity. Wisdom implies sense and judgment far above average.

The same philosophy that guides my work, guides my personal life.  My career for over 20 years has been that of a Latin entrepreneurial artist who became a successful color expert and product developer. However, it is my love for truth and words that has guided, ruled, and sometimes overruled all areas of my personal and professional life. I came to terms with this April of 2008 by becoming a writer. On a Good Friday, April 18, 2014 I was at a Valspar board meeting when we were discussing the future of Devine Color and I described the type of working relationship I wanted to have. I said, "I want to be a part of a Council Of Wisdom."  Later I got an email recapping the meeting. It ended with the words, "from a COW wanna-be" I found the acronym COW both ironic and profound — COW: A Rising Herd. It was a sign.  When we honor experience, knowledge, and wisdom, and use it to understand ourselves, others, and what we create, we rise above mediocrity. We rise above the herd.  I came home and immediately started looking to buy a nine foot COW table—a table to write COW blogs and host a COW. It's not a (me) TOO or Table Of Opinions, although some opinions are sprinkled here and there. What we mostly share are crafted conversations and fresh insights around how wisdom is earned and learned.  It is the language of wisdom we come together for, to practice and learn to speak.  I wish I could have everyone come to my table. Until then, I hope you come to my COW blog and invite others to join the conversation.  Dedicating and disciplining myself to write these past eight years (English being my second language and all) was the hardest thing I have ever done. Then one day, the floodgates opened. Finding my writing voice on March 20th, 2016 was nothing short of a miracle. It is with great pleasure that I share with you my knowledge, experience, and wisdom. 

Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn’t make any sense–Rumi
Aristotle distinguished between theoretical and practical wisdom. His conception of practical wisdom is significant, for it involves more than merely choosing the best means to whatever ends or goals one may have. The practically wise person also has the right ends. This implies that one’s ends are not purely a matter of brute desire or feeling; the right ends are something that can be known...