No longer a closed book

Gratitude List 25/04/2018

I often hear the importance of H.O.W – honesty, open-mindedness and willingness. And rightly so. Today I am very aware of how vital the ‘O’ is.

Open-mindedness is receptiveness to new ideas. Open-mindedness relates to the way in which people approach the views and knowledge of others, and “incorporate the beliefs that others should be free to express their views and that the value of others’ knowledge should be recognized.”

It’s hardly surprising that part of the definition of narrow-mindedness is having or showing a prejudiced mind, not receptive to new ideas; having a closed mind.

In the past I have been so narrow-minded, it was like living in a forcefield protected tunnel with zero light at the end of it. As far as other’s views and opinions were concerned I was a closed book. With this type of thinking and living I was faced with little to no opportunities, heavily biased choices and a very slim chance of change.

Since learning how to open up I have rid much and gained much too. The below are by no means perfect or complete but they are progressing in the right way:

Rid of self-will, gained a belief in a higher power.

Rid of tunnel-vision, gained an appreciation of the universe.

Rid of self-management, gained a recovery program.

Rid of intolerance, gained consideration and understanding.

Rid of projection, gained faith.

Rid of surpression, gained sharing. (H)

Rid of judgement, gained acceptance.

Rid of ego, gained humility.

Rid of desire, gained gratitude.

Rid of ‘wait to talk’, gained the ability to listen.

Rid of ‘I’m always right’, gained ‘I can learn from my wrongs.’

Rid of fear, gained serenity.

Rid of isolation, gained connection.

Rid of the bondage of self, gained the opportunity to be willing. (W)

Without open-mindedness, none of the above would be happening. That’s how important it is to me.