I’m going to quote a book…
The book: A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America’s First All Black High School Rowing Team
The Author: Arshay Cooper
The Premise: Memoir by one of the members of America’s first all black rowing team
The back story to the quote: Cooper is in a barber shop and begins a conversation with the gentleman next to him
The Quote: (as said by the older gentleman to Cooper)- “Listen to me, young man. I went to Europe and while I was there I saw somebody from the West Side of Chicago. He was blown away to see me. That man told me this is really a small world, but I told him he was wrong. I said ‘If you look at the map, it’s huge. This is a big world we live in, but you and I chose to expand.'”
Do you choose to expand?
Or do you choose to stay the same?
For the record, I have no problem with doing things the same way. I have lived in the same place for 20+ years. I wear the same type of clothes, I don’t constantly need to buy the most new and updated things…
I’m constantly trying to expand my mind.
I try different foods. Read different genres. Go to places that I’ve never been. I am a student of the world around me and I plan to continually learn and grow and adapt and, if necessary, change…I am not the same person I was when I was 18. I am not the same person I was at 37. I am not the same person I was at 56. I have no doubt that a year from now I will be a different person.
I’m OK with all of that.
I embrace growth. I embrace learning new things. I am very willing to change my mind if I learn enough about another way of doing things. You read that here first: I will change my opinion if given good information about doing things another way.
So my question to you is:
Do you seek to expand your mind? (or like me, your waistline because you try new foods…)
Why or why not?
Is there something you were unsure about doing but ended up enjoying it? For me, I am scared of falling, so I was unsure about taking a ride in a hot air balloon. But, I will tell you that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Scared? Sure. Glad I did it? 100%.
To expand or not to expand…what’s the actual question…