There is nothing more invigorating that realizing that I am wrong about something. Learning that you are wrong means that there is room to grow, that there are new lessons to discover.
Never be afraid of being wrong.
I have been reminded of this lesson, numerous times over the past year. I’ll think I have it all figured out, then learn that I really knew nothing, or only a partial-truth, and the slate is wiped clean. It’s time to discover something even more amazing.
Recently, I found something I had written a year ago, with my questions and ideas on religion and spirituality. When I wrote it, I didn’t know that my answers would be more questions, and that I what I would discover would be more amazing than I imagined.
And I still know so little.
I also recently commented on a blog that was discussing a political issue. I generally stay out of politics (here are my thoughts on politics). I voiced a rather strong opinion, and soon after someone else voiced an opposing opinion. They had some good points. I then mentally toned down my opinion, at least, and gave consideration to their views. Most political discussions leave me with a headache, and a great big “I don’t know.”
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that it’s important not to identify myself with my beliefs. They’re just ideas, just my hypotheses for the meaning of life. If they never changed, I would go at least 35 more years, without anything exciting and wonderful happening.
To disagree with my opinion, is not to disagree with me. I am not my interpretation of the world.
So, in the spirit of embracing change, I found some posts that I wrote, that I no longer wholly agree with:
- My nutritional theories have evolved. I now follow a somewhat paleo diet and avoid artificial sweeteners.
- I know my soul is not contained with Moonraker, or any material possession.
- In some places, air conditioning may well be necessary for maintaining sanity.
- My morning routine has evolved as well, many times and in many ways. I find that it’s best to let it change, when my needs change. It now consists of my bike ride to work (preceeded by some quiet time, when I get up early enough!).
- Instead of focusing on Christmas preparations, I do less for the holidays.
- Instead of spreading out a ridiculous workload over the week, I found a new job.
- Instead of following housework routines, I delegate most of it to Rob (and live in such a way that less housework is required).
- I thought some simple steps could prepare you for crazy, stressful times. I didn’t know what crazy stressful times were!
- Instead of finding diversions from arguments, we listen to each other and reach understanding (with no winner or loser).
- Rather than tolerating others’ views, I try to find a place of understanding. (Also anti-materialism is no longer my “dominant characteristic!”)
- Rather than relying on small adventures to get us away from a life that didn’t work, we have made our life one big adventure.
- Instead of waiting a couple years to unveil our secret plan–which was to move to a town on Lake Michigan and live aboard a little longer into the fall–we took the plunge into a new life a LOT sooner!
- I no longer believe that happiness lies in finding the right amount of possessions. Neither consuming nor minimizing can bring happiness. It’s a lot deeper than that.
Wonderful things have come out of the knowledge that I know nothing. And I am sure that there is much more, waiting to be discovered.