April 19, 2010
When people are concerned, curious, courageous, and caring, they can make a difference in the world by asking themselves questions.
Today I’m going to a friend’s house for lunch and visit. She is blind and I enjoy reading to her every day by phone and once-in-awhile seeing her in person. Since she is a colleague who has many excellent ideas, it’s fun to expand my views by talking them over with her. We both benefit from the relationship.
I didn’t have a topic when I started typing this and have a deadline for when I must leave, but a question is beginning to form:
Who helps stretch your mind?
You realize, of course, that when we don’t ask questions or when we just accept what we’re told is true, we are at the mercy of someone else’s opinions and the facts they use to support those opinions. When we don’t ask questions and probe more deeply into how the world works, and how our own lives work, we are like a leaf floating down a river at the mercy of the currents. Life changes around us and we assume there is nothing we can do about it but go along for the ride.
Yet as the theme of the Support4Change website notes, “Change is not a necessity for life. It is life.” So the most basic question you can ask is this: Are you willing to allow others to manage the changes in your life, or do you want to discover how to manage what happens in your life to the greatest extent possible?
I firmly believe that we can make a difference in the world by asking ourselves questions and expanding our thinking. Changing the world will depend in large part on people who are :
Concerned about the direction in which the world, or their life, is moving,
Curious about what they can do to change the world and their life,
Courageous enough to question their most cherished assumptions, and
Caring enough to do something about the answers they discover.
We begin to change the world and to improve our relationships when we are willing to stretch our minds. So again, I ask, who stretches your mind? Do you see that person often enough? What do you do with the insights you receive?