Seasonal Values – For Every Season: 3rd December

3. Open-mindedness

“The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.”

E.B. White

Openmindedness

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“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

George Bernard Shaw

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Open-mindedness is a difficult concept. We don’t want to be so open as to lose our own sense of being, and our own set of values, yet neither do we want to close our minds to possibilities that we hadn’t ever contemplated.

As with all things, intelligent balance is the key.

We also need to think of emptying the mind as well as opening it. Sometimes, just by opening the cupboard door we can see at a glance that there’s not enough space for any more, yet still we place more inside in the hope that the cupboard will miraculously extend to accommodate. Somehow we find a little space to cram in some more when in actual fact it might be better to let a few things go that are taking up far too much space and belong to a yesteryear.

Thankfully, open-mindedness doesn’t have doors, only those which are self-enforced. Open-mindedness enables us to make choices as to whether to make room for something else or not; whether to discard it completely, or to fit some more thoughts inside ourselves. It’s a choice. The important issue is to keep open-minded in order that we can grow.

Here’s a couple of websites that offer some potentially positive outcomes of keeping an open mind, and how you could go about developing a more open mind.

http://www.positivelypresent.com/2010/09/7-benefits-of-being-openminded.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Exercise-an-Open-Mind

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