One thing I’ve learned from my almost eighty-four years of living is to keep an open mind because there is always something to learn. For instance, scripture speaks of hardships and how they can be borne. God knows how many hardships 2020 threw at us and gives us the answer in 2nd Corinthians 4: verses 8 and 9.
8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
And then verse 16 reads: Therefore we do not lose heart.
Life lessons can be be found everywhere if only we keep open minds.
On Thursday I picked up a library book, Memories of Heaven, by Dr. Wayne Dyer (one of my favorite authors) and Dee Garnes, who was his assistant at one time. It is a collection of short stories about very young children remembering where they were before they were born. It is a fascinating and easy read.
Many of the related memories are of being with God and choosing the parents they wanted to be born to. Some are of being here for a short time in another life and deciding to leave at an early age, (child deaths). Some related to changing their minds in the womb and not completing their journey, (miscarriages).
Because I have an open mind about so many things it is easy for me to read this book and consider the possibilities of these tiny testimonies. Besides, when my youngest son was just over two years old, he suddenly stated during a nap time, “I died you know, Mommy.”
I had had a miscarriage three years before he was born.
It makes it easy to wonder where am I from? Happy Saturday.
This post is about one of my favorite pastimes…thinking. I’ll start with one thought that just came to my mind after all this research and it is this: I love an open mind where I can walk right in and garner new thoughts and ideas whereas a closed mind is similar to banging one’s head against a brick wall. The following are quotes I found on a very hot Saturday.
The mind is like a parachute; it doesn’t work if it is not open. Frank Zappa
Age is a case of mind over matter; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Mark Twain
Thought is a powerful unseen influence. (Much like the Holy Spirit.)
“Stay open to new ideas, to new perspectives, to changing your mind. Never stop learning and growing! Akiroq Brost
“An open mind is a traveled mind.” Tawanna Browne Smith, Author
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. Henry Ford
Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale
All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter. Sai Baba
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. Aldous Huxley
The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money. Thomas Jeffery
“Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.” Anonymous
In his inaugural speech today, President Trump quoted from Psalm 133: How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in harmony! He went on to say,”We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.” Read that sentence again…”We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.”
And yet, out on the streets, some of these same people he was talking to and about were pursuing violent protests, having no interest whatsoever in solidarity. They were smashing shop windows, causing havoc in whatever way they could. What gives them the right to do that? What are they thinking?
And yet, who are we to talk? Does not this same thing go on within our own borders and indeed, our own walls? Do we speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly or even think of pursuing solidarity, togetherness, peace, harmony, unity; whatever it takes to make our world a better place? Unfortunately, all too often the answer is…not really.
It came to me today that whoever would not watch and listen to the upcoming inauguration with an open mind would be missing something. And then it came to me that whoever does not live life with an open mind would be missing even more.
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in harmony! Why don’t we get it?