Fridays thought for the week?
The ability to change your mind is practically a super-power! My mother had a friend (named Victor Mariano Ricardo Alphonzo Ibarguan de Urbay), who was annoyed by the new discoveries in Parapsychology in the 60s that seemed to support the existence of psychic abilities. Since he was wealthy, he sponsored a study at a local college to prove “once and for all” that this was foolishness. The evidence, however, supported the reality of psychic abilities, and Ibarguan accepted the results (after carefully checking the methodology). My mother always used this as an example of the right attitude in science.
I also point out that sometimes internal things change. When I was pregnant, I was revolted by even the smell of liver, whereas when I wasn’t, I loved it (after I got out of my teens). This leads me to believe that often our reactions and tastes may be based on hormones- over which we have no control. Who are known for having strange and unusual tastes that may vary wildly? children, teens, pregnant women and menopausal women are all known for it. Isn’t it more reasonable to accept that it’s fluctuating hormones changing their response to foods than to assume that they are simply trying to annoy us?
If you see (or hear, or smell) something differently one day to the next, it may simply be that your abilities changed. Don’t deny that reality, work with it. It may become an advantage, just as if you get new information, you may need to reevaluate old conclusions.
Almost anything works as an analogy for life: sports, gardening, weather… we tend to refer back to what we know. But although few of us actually know battle (thank goodness) it is a popular analogy, a popular motif. We admire the warriors, after all “Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for his friend.” Someone who intentionally dedicates his life to putting himself between danger and others is admirable in a way that those who respond well to an accident don’t achieve. Who runs INTO a burning building when others run out? Who stands in front when a dangerous animal or person is threatening? Those who take this on as a lifestyle are traditional heroes. But then, any parent might be the answer to those questions, and their dedication is simply to their family. Fighting is the analogy for how we deal with things that frighten us. When there’s someone we love so much we don’t even think about it, that changes the whole equation. Holding on to what we know or letting go of it may be something you fight for, something you consciously tell yourself “I have to do this”, or sometimes you let go or hold on simply because you love and that takes the thinking and decision making out of it. It’s not a battle, just the natural reaction to love. In that case love will show you whether changing or not is the right thing at the moment.