It’s obvious, but worth remembering that wisdom is gained over time from our efforts and experience. In his ‘Our Loss of Wisdom’ TED talk, Schwartz sums up practical wisdom as an appreciation for the nuance in any given situation (moral skill) and the desire and chance to learn it (moral will).
Flying from San Francisco to New York City can be a beat down. So whenever I can, I do my best to stay for a weekend or to spend an extra day by adding another meeting. There’s never a shortage of things to do in NYC. However, on one rushed trip to the city, I had limited time between meetings near the end of the day to wander and appreciate being in NYC. I’d also promised to bring home a few delicious, big-as-your-face cookies from Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side, but getting there from my Midtown hotel would eat up every last bit of my free time, maybe more. Thankfully, I found any easy way to have both.
Mark Rothko is a favorite artist of mine. I love his large canvases covered in wide swaths of color and the way emotion washes over you in their presence. When I recently discovered that he had designed a chapel in Houston, I had every intention of visiting on my next trip, and that opportunity came much sooner than expected.