If you are lucky enough to have good eye healthcare, give thanks. You know then the series of question asked at an eye exam: “Is it better now… or now? Which is better – one or two; three or four?” All these questions, which are often repeated countless times, are to ascertain what one can see and what prescription aids in one’s vision.
We need to ask ourselves those same questions at the end of the day or when we are about to make a snap judgment about someone. “Here is how I responded to this situation. Was it effective? What could I have done differently?”
How we interact with people depends on our thought processes. Are we discriminating based upon fear or do we allow new experiences to broaden our horizons? IN other words do we instantly react with fear when we meet someone from a different culture or religion or do we trust ourselves to learn something?
In just a few weeks the Greater Good Science Center will host a week-long event to help encourage broader socio-emotional learning for teachers. Similar to our most recent post about gratitude, this week will include leaders from education, health care, and business whose purpose is to explore how gratitude can build better practices and strengthen goals and objectives.
Many of us have a very narrow field of vision and an even shorter memory. We need to allow ourselves to grow and that will need to include seeing new things with interest instead of fear. When we only allow ourselves to see what we already know, then we prevent ourselves from growing. We stunt our own emotional, physical, and mental growth.
Our vision needs to grow with us and with the world. We cannot see or define things as we did as children. Life is about evolving and growing. “A man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has waster thirty years of his life.” That sentence said by Muhammed Ali rings of truth, as loudly as any bell in any of his boxing matches.
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” Muhammed Ali did the best he could with what he had and continued to improve every day.
The only way to become a better person is to broaden our field of vision and see what the world offers. Spiritual author Anthon St. Maarten explains: “Never surrender your hopes and dreams to the fateful limitations others have placed on their own lives. The vision of your true destiny does not reside within the blinkered outlook of the naysayers and the doom prophets. Judge not by their words, but accept advice based on the evidence of actual results. Do not be surprised should you find a complete absence of anything mystical or miraculous in the manifested reality of those who are so eager to advise you. Friends and family who suffer the lack of abundance, joy, love, fulfillment and prosperity in their own lives really have no business imposing their self-limiting beliefs on your reality experience.”
Without a vision tomorrow become a chore, drudgery that will often simply be a repetition of today’s mistakes. The person who broadens their field of vision will create a vision for the future. The most famous blind person in the world, Helen Keller, knew this to be true. “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.” Go to bed tonight and ask yourself what will improve your vision for tomorrow and then arise and make it happen!