Open: Having no protection or concealing cover, free from limitations.
Is it possible to stay open all the time and learn all the time? Well, the answer is no, not unless we live without emotion completely. The word Emotion comes from the Latin word ‘movere’ which means to move. Therefore we can conclude that without strong emotion we will remain in a comfort zone and probably not grow or change which for the majority of us seems to be the perfect place to be! As the saying goes, life is what happens when we are making other plans and reality is that no matter how much we shield ourselves from uncertainty sometimes we are faced with the opportunity to ‘move’ into a different sphere.
“There is wisdom in turning as often as possible from the familiar to the unfamiliar; it keeps the mind nimble, it kills prejudice and fosters humour” – George Santayana
Now that we know that we only seem to react to change when there is a catalyst in the mix can we decide to make a lasting change without the moving emotions? Can we purposefully be open to new experiences? Can we shift ourselves from our comfort zones and take a risk or venture into the unknown? Are we able to resist the temptation to try to make sense of things and just accept the new? Personally I have been through change and I bet that if Im going through a trying time with emotions that tug me left to right then most of us experience same. So what to do? How open should we be and should we be open all the time? Surely we will suffer from information overload at some time? Are we to be in a state of constant growth and learning? If so when do we take a breather? Isnt it going to be too heavy, this openness, this awareness, this influx?
Here is the solution! We need to be aware that change is inevitable and ongoing. The more we resist the more we can make ourselves unhappy. However if we embrace what we can and take time to digest the rest we will find that slowly the blinkers fall from our eyes and we see things in a new light with a new attitude. The changes will illicit emotional reactions for sure, and in some sense these emotions can be our intuitive guide as to the difference between right and wrong for our lives so we need to analyse our emotions before we let them run amuck. Too much emotion can lead to depression or hyperactivity. Let us this weekend try as much as we can to remain open to all happenings around us with an attitude of openness. Through this we most certainly will certainly learn new things and when the emotions do rise, try to analyse why, what and how come in order to come to a conclusion as to whether to remain or to move in a new direction.