An Open Mind…

A fellow blogger very wisely reiterated the reminder that…a mind not open to other’s thoughts and ideas is a great tragedy. This is I think one of life’s major challenges…one that is sadly gaining traction in the inability to give the other the benefit and respect of listening with an open mind to their beliefs…opinions…perspectives…Choices…because we have forgotten that…minds like  parachutes, work best when open…

I do believe that to operate from a paradigm of an open…receptive…unbiased…and compassionate mind is definitive on so many levels and enables one to give life a meaning that is not always possible otherwise. It is important to give significance to our lives by giving importance to and valuing the  lives of others…this is not always easy,  but then, very few things worth doing are! Morals of excellence are created by showing tolerance in personal spaces between ourselves…as also creating spaces in the political and religious discourse…using the power of the heart as well as the power and depth of the mind. To respond intelligently, with humility, tolerance and kindness…is justice, the firmest pillar of society….to wax indignant, harboring justifiable feelings of resentment…prejudice…superiority… is so much easier but lacks developing the incomparable potential that is an inherent part of human nature and  embedded in everyone’s soul like a shared DNA…

The Good Lord works in mysterious ways and this last week just as this was on my mind..I found myself in positions that needed all this and more on the table…I met a friend after a long time…the path and choices of her personal journey of growth has been one that has not always  been easy to understand…accept or wrap my mind around…it is still hard…but it has been her journey and one that now seems to have brought her a sense of inner peace…it gives me a warm sense of comfort for her…I also heard a scholar whose  erudition…knowledge…sagacity…is praiseworthy…just one I find hard to relate to…his impact on others is significant…even whilst I find it difficult to comprehend! What is apparent thereof is that the paths to personal evolvement…growth…understanding…learning… and the curve it takes, are not just varied but also sometimes incomprehensible to our understanding…that does not make them wrong…just different…the difference often being the ability not to jump to make harsh judgement calls for things…opinions…views…lifestyles…choices which are difficult to comprehend and relate to…because it is only together, with everyone contributing in the firm belief that we can make a difference…that we do…

 Voltaire said…I may not agree with what you say but I will defend to death your right to say it…that may sound a  bit dramatic…but what a lot of wisdom that line carries…


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. souldipper
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 04:17:01

    Beautifully written…I love Voltaire’s quote. In fact, I concur.

    In mentoring younger women, Shama, I feel my ache must be similar to a mother having to silently stand by and listen to decisions being developed that put cringes in my heart. It may not be my way. It may not be the approach suggested by “experts”, more sagacious, more seasoned. Yet, the strength they develop out of their chosen path is remarkable. They can put me in awe.


  2. shamasheikh
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 15:14:30

    Thank you Amy…yes, I love this quote too…

    You are absolutely right…the cringes in my heart…need all your reserves of strength of patience…but the outcomes are often so awe inspiring that the journey seems not just worth it but reinforces the need for an open mind and spaces to grow in…


  3. An Idealist Thinker
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 13:35:24

    Cheers to that, Shama! Letting the differences be “because it is only together, with everyone contributing in the firm belief that we can make a difference…that we do…”


  4. shamasheikh
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 06:11:01

    Amen to that too AIT…
    Such a dire need to understand this…the prayer as always is that we work towards being the best that we can be…


  5. Mal
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 04:52:03

    Ah, tolerance is so very sadly missing and we need to embrace acceptance for all views…after all we have a right to speak up but, more importantly, we also, have a right to listen to others…which we must! Thank you, Shama, for this post.


  6. shamasheikh
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 11:19:59

    Many thanks Maleeha…

    Tolerance along with an open and receptive mind is a sadly dwindling commodity…specially in our part of the world…the heart is saddened at what this portends for all and specially for our children and theirs…


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