Council Of Wisdom
"They thought all I wanted to do was to make paint colors. I said that what I really wanted to do was to explore and collaborate. I wanted to co-create. I wanted to be in a Council of Wisdom. The room got very quiet. Then I heard someone say, C.O.W. I said yes, C.O.W. "
There are journeys out there yet to be told full of wisdom. Joining C.O.W. means that you will make an effort to pursue wisdom, not so you that you know better, but so that you can understand the meaning of your experiences and share the wisdom gained with others. C.O.W seeks to contribute to a wisdom legacy through story-telling and wise communication.
Wisdom couples good judgment with choice, pursuit of knowledge, communication and relationships. It crafts a person's life from a place of character, intention and hope. It connects personal experience with meaning. Once gained it is never lost. I am inspired by people whose journeys were crafted by wisdom and their legacy.
A Journey Crafted By Wisdom
At 19 months, due to some unknown disease, Helen Keller became deaf and blind. She became an unruly child who often lashed out in anger at her inability to communicate and her failure to comprehend the world around her. Anne Sullivan, a tutor from the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston would spell words into Helen’s hand to connect words with objects. But while Helen memorized and learned the words she failed to understand their meaning until one day when Anne took Helen to an old pump house and put Helen’s hand under the stream and began spelling “w-a-t-e-r” into her palm. Keller later wrote in her autobiography, “As the cool stream gushed over one hand she spelled into the other the word water, first slowly, then rapidly. I stood still, my whole attention fixed upon the motions of her fingers. Suddenly I felt a misty consciousness as of something forgotten–-a thrill of returning thought; and somehow the mystery of language was revealed to me. I knew then that ‘w-a-t-e-r’ meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand. That living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free! There were barriers still, it is true, but barriers that could in time be swept away.”
Helen Keller Quotes
- Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
- The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
- What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
- Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
A Legacy Of Wisdom
Here is what I know about Helen Keller. Wisdom coupled good judgement with choice, pursuit of knowledge, communication and relationships to craft her life from a place of character, intention and hope. She connected her personal experiences to meaning and she shared them with the world. Although no longer with us, she is part of C.O.W. Her legacy is Wisdom. I often told my kids that my experiences growing up felt like an "emotional" version of Helen Keller's. I didn't understand the world around me. I too was unruly and angry. I was in essence "emotionally" deaf and blind until I understood the word w-i-s-d-o-m. I too had barriers in my life but I also could see that my barriers, in time, could be swept away because understanding caused joy, awakening and hope in me. No, I was not Helen Keller. I was not literally deaf or blind. But I think Helen would know exactly what I'm talking about and I hope you do, too.