Open Mind, Limitless Thinking

I want that pill! If you’ve ever seen that movie with Bradley Cooper where his life is spiralling down and he takes a pill that opens up his whole mind. His mind become limitless, He become limitless. Who wouldn’t want to tap into the limitless nature of our superconscious? I was reminded about the day to day limitations we place on our thinking. My grandson was coming over, so I went through some old toy boxes and found a bunch of foam letters and numbers. I was pretty pleased with myself when I managed to spell my grandson’s name out of the limited letters I had available. Who said an upside-down W can’t be an M. I sent the image of the randomly constructed mat to my daughter and simply said ‘Wordfinder’. To my surprise she came back with a list of about eight words I didn’t even know I had accidentally spelled.

The next time I thought I’d be clever and now deliberately created some extra words. But, yep, you guessed it! She found even more words I didn’t intend. That simple act of playing with toys reminded me about the limitations that we place on ourselves. It was Einstein that said something like the same thinking that created a problem can’t be the same thinking that solves the problem. That is so true. Sometimes the best way to get out of your head is to get out of your head, figuratively speaking. We can’t see what we can’t see, even when we are looking for more. So, what does this mean?

It means that if we have a problem, we can solve it better with a friend or confidant. It doesn’t pay to keep your problems to yourself. If you are working all on your own your thinking is going to be limited, you see only one perspective. This doesn’t mean you all of a sudden need to go tell everyone your problems, it gives you permission to not be perfect. You don’t have to get it all right. That simple act of being given permission can sometimes be profound.

We don’t always realise the pressure we put ourselves under, pressure to be perfect. I get that it might be scary to share issues with others. We don’t want to look stupid; we don’t want to feel weak. But where do these fears come from? In my book they come from the ego. Life has taught me that indeed a problem shared is a problem halved. Actively seek to engage people that can help with exactly what you want. Sometimes it calls for a close friend and other times a professional. I wonder if you were to read all the profiles of all the writers in this magazine and saw what they do you’d find the perfect person to help you to achieve your dreams and break through your limitations. With blessings to you, may your mind be open to the wonders of unlimited possibilities.


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