The theme of this summer has been "wisdom growing." I've come to think of wisdom as the intersection of what you know, what you value, and the experiences you have. We are always expanding what we know, evolving our values, and growing our experiences -- every intersection brings a new insight or a new learning, and over time, these learnings broaden our perspective.
Francesca and I met for an aperitivo in SoHo last night, and we spent two hours trading stories and experiences. Three decades my senior, Francesca has the wisdom and perspective that comes with being curious about the world around her. "When you feel yourself saying no to something, look at that," she said. "The best things in my life have happened from saying yes when I was originally a no." This is not a suggestion to ignore better judgement, but rather, an opportunity to look at the boundaries we create around "the familiar," and a chance to leap into experiences that grow wisdom.