Be open-minded

Do not limit your experiences by limiting your thinking. Open your mind, open your world!

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Maybe I’m particularly open-minded when it comes to my circle of friends… I have gay friends, lesbian friends, black friends, Indian friends, colored friends, rich friends, poor friends, you name it!!! But it goes beyond “not seeing in color”, I see my friends for what they are, but I ‘accept them for who they are’, and whatever other clichés you wanna chuck in there…

How can you not be that open-minded though?! Like, older generation I understand, but as a young South African, how can you admittedly say you only want to interact with about 2% of the population?! How boring!! Stop mingling with people who think the same as you, study the same thing, come from the same wealth-class, from the same culture… Open your eyes, open your mind, and you’ll realize you can learn a shitload from “different” people.

Further than interacting how do you ever expect to…

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Choose to be Happy

Live Free, Live Healthy believes your attitude is your choice and I agree wholeheartedly! Another great post showing us that you must make the effort to focus your mind on the positives of life and minimize the negatives.

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Every single day. No matter if the temperature has dropped down to 37, if the cat bit your toe while you got dressed in the dark at 5AM, if you spilled hot chocolate down the front of your white blouse, if your bedroom window has a draft, if your coworker doesn’t save you a spot at the lunch table—you make the choice, in every moment of every day, to be happy.

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The Other Side

We must remain open-minded and be willing to listen to other views. The world is a big place and we are but one very small part, with a very small world view.

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I have lived in different places all around the world. I have met people coming from different Counties. I have traveled to an indefinite number of different Cities. I have been eager to learn about different cultures. I have always wanted to discover different ways of thinking.

And yet, here I am, feeling exposed and realizing how narrow my point of view has always been. I guess this is the effect Berlin has on people. With its extreme unconventionality, its exaggerated extravagance, its limitless freedom and its unbalanced personality. And when you are left with no boundaries. When there seem to be no more right and wrong. When all that is bad starts to be considered good. When all that you have learned seems to have no meaning. That is when you will finally start to understand what this city is all about. And in that moment you will realize that you…

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The Other Side of the Story

Take the time to see the other side of the story. There’s a big world out there!

(feel free to comment, but please be aware to give the original blogger their kudos as well.  Danny)

The Bizarro World Version of Dream Big, Dream Often

IMG_7127I have been thinking about something I wrote a week or so ago about an exercise a college professor had us do to gain perspective on a topic: argue the opposite of your belief.  So I thought I would write an article on why it is not necessary to do anything that relates to self-improvement or personal development.  I am also not going to edit this, it will be honest and freely associated.  I have no clue how this is going to turn out, but here goes anyway:

Too many people think it is necessary to continue to work on themselves.  Why can’t we just appreciate where we are, who we are and what we are in the moment.  So many people are focused on the future that they completely miss the present. What if, while planning this super awesome future, you died and missed out on life right here, right now?   I am reminded of the John Lennon line “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

Plus, shouldn’t we accept ourselves for who we are.  If I’m a little overweight and that’s the way I want to be, then so be it.  If I don’t make a lot of money, but I am content, then so be it.  If I don’t like or have no desire to exercise then so be it.  Life isn’t always about me trying to be a greater version of myself.  What if I like me for exactly who I am, exactly the way I am?

Companies are constantly attacking our self-confidence with advertising, inferring that we are not good enough, smart enough, happy enough, pretty enough until we buy their product.  Then we will be happy.  Then we will be pretty.  Then we will have tons of friends and be popular.

Then you have websites encouraging us to “Do These 5 Things in Order to Achieve Happiness.”  If I spent my time online reading all the advice on how to make me happy I would’ve missed out on my trip to the balloon festival.  Now that is living life.  I saw friends I haven’t seen in over a year, breathed in some incredible fall air and got to see hundreds of balloons in the air!

But back to the “me being me” talk.  Why is it necessary for me to change?  Why should I have to make more money?  Why do I need to listen to anyone that says I am not okay just the way I am?  Isn’t life going to happen regardless?  And I will change in time so why put so much effort into it?

Why do I have to have this elaborate plan?  Why do people keep telling me I have to have goals?  I don’t have to do anything.  What if I just want to work my job, hang out with my friends and be okay with that?

I have zero desire to conquer the world.  All I want to do is enjoy my little bit of peace and quiet on this little rock as it spins around the universe.  If people around me would just accept me for who I am it would make my life a whole lot less dramatic AND a whole lot easier.

I am okay with my spot in life.  I like my friends.  I like my job.  I like where I live.  So why can’t everyone else be okay with it also?

How would you counter this viewpoint if this was debate class?

Who am I?

Being able to develop one’s own opinion begins with knowing who we are as a person. What is important? What’s not important to us? That kind of thing. Join Amy Lou Blogs on her journey…

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Well now, isn’t that the most complicated question? At some point or another everyone comes to a point where they find themselves thinking about who they are, who they grew up to be. I’m certainly not the person I thought that I would be when I was younger. I was so sure that my life would go down a certain path but when I got there it just was not what I expected.

So who am I now? I’m opinionated, more so than most people. I’m sarcastic beyond all sense and reason. I like things my own way, but I’ve learned to compromise. I’m honest (most of the time) and nothing makes me angry like being lied to. I’m protective of the people who matter to me and I would do anything for them. Not all my personality traits are good but that’s okay. It’s okay to just be unapologetically…

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Distorted Vision

As I have said in the past A New Perspective Perhaps is one of my go-to blogs because she approaches beat up topics with a new and refreshing angle. This post is no exception!

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Have you ever considered what a gift it is to be blessed with the ability to see? We are given so many gifts, but it is up to us to determine how we use them. I can give two people a shovel and one person may use it to dig the foundation for a beautiful home while another may use it as a weapon to hit someone over the head.

Our vision is a lot like that too. We choose how we interpret the things we see. We can look for something good in someone, in a situation or we can use our vision to see everything that is bad. What’s not fair is that people choose to see the good in this and bad in that. Who wins? What is the benefit? We are not taught or told how to use our gifts. That is when our free will…

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