Archive for January 13th, 2014

One Important Part

January 13th, 2014

With all this talk of doing over the last few days, there is one important element that should not be overlooked. As you get out there and do stuff remember the one important element that will make that thing worth doing.

Let all that you do, be done in love. 1 Cor. 16:14

Assumptions

January 13th, 2014

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” – Isaac Asimov

Wow, this is so true.  I experienced this so much last week as I was thrust in a collaborative training environment with over 400 people who I did not know.   It was eye-opening for me to test my categorization of people.  I noticed quite often that some of my initial judgements ( and fears and assumptions) were way off base once I spent a few minutes with them.  I also noticed this same effect with my first thoughts about a few of the exercises.  Wow, was I way off once things got started, and I was able to reflect on how much I was able to extract from them.

This is not to say that I was being harsh in my judgements or overly critical of the events.  I was making these judgements based on experience and created future assumptions of how I thought the person would be, or the event would unfold.  As we all do!  I learned the greater lesson that Asimov is talking about.  This week, let go of some of your assumptions about people, events and places and see if approaching things with a more receptive open mind ‘lets some new light in” and provides you will ways to grow and new things to do!

It reminds me of this section of the Proverbs

8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame. Proverbs 25:8 (KJV)

 or maybe this version is easy to think through

Don’t jump to conclusions—there may be a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw. (MSG)