You ever get tired of reading the same quote on every form of social media? Or seeing the same picture reblogged 100 times over?
Sure, I’ll be the first one to admit I love sharing inspiration. If I’m not writing an article, I’m posting something that made me smile.
These things that I post though? They’re my own sources of inspiration. They’re not influenced by what the world around me wants to see.
I don’t feel comfortable just accepting what others like, or pretend to like. I want to constantly challenge myself to explore new possibilities, to see new perspectives. I aspire to grow into nothing less than who I truly am.
So, when I see people just recycling old ideas, old ideas that don’t even belong to them, it kills me. Each of us have such unique minds. Why not use them? Why must we constantly imitate what we see around us?
I know it’s human nature to want to belong, but where do you draw the line?
The game of make believe is a lot scarier in the real world.
What do you think of when you hear “open-mindedness?”
I know it’s an approach that gets lost in translation quite often. People perceive it as not having an opinion or being “too lenient.”
I’m here to propose otherwise.
More precisely, open-mindedness is the practice of understanding. This isn’t to say you can’t have your own beliefs or opinions. Rather, it suggests that while you have your own thoughts, you’re willing to hear other perspectives and to accept new possibilities.
Essentially, it’s the idea that while you have what you believe is right, you can respect other people who have what they believe is right.
Now, imagine how different our world would be if open-mindedness was a more common practice.
In a world of talkers, just listen.
It’s sad to think that fear is the most shared experience in the world right now. There has been tragedy after tragedy and no sign of this slowing down anytime soon. With new threats and incidents reported daily, it’s hard to remain hopeful. However, you don’t need to just sit back and watch disaster happen.
For one, if you’re in the position to, donate to the organizations working to help. A great one is Doctors Without Borders. Doctors Without Borders is a humanitarian organization that goes all around the world to offer emergency medical aid. This is only one organization of many striving to make change.
Do your research and donate to the one that stands out to you. Other than that, instead of promoting more hate, look to support those around you in whatever form you can. Even if it’s just posting articles or pictures. Any bit helps.
Fear isn’t hard to find right now. Hope on the other hand? That’s what we need people to give. You’d be surprised how much of a difference you can make. It only takes one spark to start a fire.