Monday, 24 January 2011

a Moment for Wisdom…



Be very, very careful what you put into
that head, because you will never, ever get it out.”

Cardinal Wolsey (1471-1530)

Personal Wisdom:

What are five things that you would really like to truly forget/ not know?

Are you careful with what you put into your head? How do you exercise care? (Some people either don’t watch television, or watch it only selectively. Others are careful not to engage in “idle talk”.) What do you do?

What could you do to be more careful with what goes in your head?

Societal Wisdom:

What do we “know” as a society that has been deeply believed, but no longer true and/or relevant in the 21st Century?

How can we go about getting it out of our collective heads?

a Moment with Sharif…

There’s another reason to watch what goes into your head: it
also goes into your heart.

Every thought has a feeling state attached. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your own thought or that of another person you have allowed into your head.

I was recently at a coffee shop, where I heard 3 people talking about how a particular neighborhood was “dangerous”. The neighborhood they were talking about was mine! (It’s
not.) From their conversation, none of them had any experience (direct or indirect) of
danger in the Irvington neighborhood – it’s what they heard on the news, repeated dozens of times by others without direct experience.

The thought of a “dangerous” neighborhood, can get embedded in our heads and never come out. And, it gets embedded in our hearts, joined there by all the other fears we’ve picked up over the decades.

While we may not be able to do anything about “dis-remembering” a thought, we certainly can work on opening the doors to our hearts and airing out those old, worn-out and moldy thoughts. Time for Spring cleaning?



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