I am a stubborn person at heart. I’m hoping to one day use this personality trait entirely for good but for now it often leads me into various amounts of trouble. I am learning that I benefit greatly from having people in my life that challenge my perspective. It is very easy for me to become rigid in my thinking. I’ve done the research, experienced something firsthand many times, or have just ruminated over a thought enough that I’ve convinced myself I’m right. And, well, sometimes I am. But often I am not. Discussions with my husband and my psychologist are two ways I expose myself to contrary ideas. Being open to these opportunities for paradigm shifts isn’t easy. It requires that I constantly remind myself that I may not be right in how I am viewing a particular situation. Am I always this wise to search out ideas that will help me to challenge my beliefs? No. I’m not very good at this at all…yet. Luckily I’ve at least realized how important it is for me to look at life through someone else’s lens once in a while.
“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” -Epictetus