Today the principle we will be discussing is openmindedness. This principle isn’t just lost on addicts and alcoholics, but on those crazy normal people as well. A great example is politics, people generally pick a side and ride with that side as if no other points-of-view can even be considered! I have found that being closed off to other ideas and opinions doesn’t hurt anyone but me. My lack of an ability to hear someone else’s perspective because I base all my knowledge on my own assumptions serves as a gateway to spiritual destruction. I would love to say that I am always open-minded and up for an exchange of ideas but that wouldn’t be the truth. I find myself often close-minded and shut off from anything outside of my very limited worldview. It took me a while in recovery to buy in to a 12-step program. After that worked for me, it took me even longer to accept that some other people need a different route to recovery, that my version of recovery is not the ONLY way to do things. There are many things I can easily take offense to if someone else doesn’t agree with me on, but the underlying reality is that allowing a difference of opinion or worldview drag me down spiritually, is a consequence of my innate tendency to self-destruct. I hope that I can continue to build on this particular principle, because I fear that failure to do so could lead to a reversion of my close-minded, “I am right, you are wrong” mentality. Different opinions are okay. Different routes to recovery are okay. Different ideologies are okay. For me to be okay, these material factors do not have to adapt to me, I have to adapt to them or I suffer the consequences. Thanks for reading, have a great day!
“A simple-minded I-know-it-all approach is no match for the complexity of existence.” – Jordan Peterson