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The Sage Philosophy

Is there a Sage hiding beneath your surface?

Webster’s Dictionary defines a sage as one who is wise through reflection and experience. In ancient cultures, a group’s sages were those who had experienced rich lives and were thoughtful about what they had learned through these experiences.

From Barbara McNaulty:

Honor the Sage Within Yourself

“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.”

— Maya Angelou

When you hear the word “sage,” you might think first about the fragrant herb that’s a traditional part of the seasoning we enjoy for Thanksgiving dinners. Sage has one of the longest histories of any culinary or medicinal herb, and was used thousands of years ago in ancient Egyptian kitchens!

But today, I want to focus on the other definition. The word sage also means “a profoundly wise person,” referring to someone who is wise through reflection and experience. When you give someone “sage advice,” you give them sound advice gained through your life reflections and experiences. Wisdom is something that we often confuse with intelligence. Both have to do with deep knowledge, but while intelligence frequently stems from study, wisdom can flow from sources other than books. In fact, it often does.

Having a sage within you isn’t defined by book learning. You don’t need any academic degrees to be a sage. And although we often associate wisdom with decades of life experience, having a sage within you isn’t limited by age. You don’t have to be old to be a sage.

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

–  Eleanor Roosevelt

So you see….We’re not just Middleage…We’re


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