When You Join Cow
When you join COW you will be a part of a blog I am calling Apple & Orange Wisdom. Each post will have a brief observation about wisdom that I hope ignites great thought. There will be three questions that will ask you to think about experiences in your life that led to wisdom gained as it relates to the topic and those you consider a mentor (living, deceased, friends, or strangers) that have embodied this wisdom and how. The goal is to want to contribute these stories and submit them so I can post them anonymously for COW members to learn about journeys crafted by wisdom.
Why Apple & Orange Wisdom?
The old saying "comparing apples and oranges" is a perfect analogy to discuss wisdom in a new way; through differentiation rather than explanation. The color Orange is symbolic for communication, confidence, happiness, healing, creativity, compassion, passion, and warmth. Apples, regardless of color, are center stage to stories of witches who casts spells, serpents who cause trouble in gardens, and children who can't tell lies. Apples and oranges, while being different are both fruit, and therefore, categorically the same. This is "right". No one wants to argue over using oranges to make apple pie or apples to make a Screwdriver when a recipe calls for fruit. This is "wise". In life we often find ourselves arguing over "not seeing things the same" rather than understanding differences that "produce" (no pun intended) outcomes we want.
Knowledge Is Not The Same Thing As Wisdom
- Can you think of a problem that couldn't solve because it was really a conflict?
- What's the difference between being just and having a justification?
- Can you share a personal story of a situation where being just over justifications resolved a conflict that solved a problem and the wisdom gained from it?
"I just didn't trust myself"
I don't remember problems not getting solved as much as the doubt I always feel while waiting for the solution. There is a woman I work with that always seems to find solutions that work for everyone. I think she has the ability to see problems as a challenge rather than a problem.