With an Open Heart and an Open Mind

We live in a world where we shut ourselves up in our heads and hide there with the belief that by staying there we’ll be safe. Unfortunately, from personal experience, I canethelrfk_soweto_t614.jpg__735x525_q85_crop_subsampling-2_upscale tell you that the most dangerous place in the world is the six inches between my ears. We need to be open to others – the good and the bad – and stop thinking that we can think our way out of the problems around us. When you use your own thought process to try and solve your problems you’ll be surprised at how quickly you become exhausted from going in circles, like a dog chasing its tail.

Well, then, what are we to do? We break the habit. Sounds simple, right? Just stop thinking the way you do, they say. Then you’ll get better. Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve been thinking the same way for 30 odd years and to tell me to just change my way of thinking isn’t necessarily going to be fully possible. What’s important, though, is to be willing to change. To have an open heart and an open mind can be your greatest ally on the days when you feel everything is crumbling around you.

Change is difficult, in any aspect of life. And it’s a process. Our futures are shaped by the changes we experience in our lives. They determine what we put out into the universe in response to these changes. It’s one to thing to understand the change that’s taking place, but Bobby said it best when it comes to change:

It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task.

 

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Actions are what we need to take in order for change to come to fruition. Simply thinking about it does not make it so. And what I’ve come to witness, firsthand, is that if you change an action it changes a thought. Just by doing something your whole demeanor begins to change. Your ideas on an issue become something else entirely. Your compassion or empathy towards someone you never thought you’d feel comes to life.

By taking action we become different human beings. It is my own personal belief that we do not live one single lifetime, but several throughout the course of our years on this 13239380_963425050440812_1276804681232585690_nearth because we continuously change so tremendously that when we look back on the years behind us we shock ourselves into even remembering that we were that person.

So take each day one day at a time, but try to live it with an open heart and an open mind. Listen to one another. Change an action, change a thought.

 

 

And be kind. It’s chaos out there, and I sure would like to leave this world a little less chaotic for future generations, wouldn’t you?

Every generation inherits a world it never made; and, as it does so, it automatically becomes the trustee of that world for those who come after. In due course, each generation makes its own accounting to its children.

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