Am I a seeker of truth or a lover of comfort?
- Do I seek to learn from others or am I defensive when someone tries to share something I know little about (or I think I know everything about)?
- If I am defensive, why? Am I afraid that the new information might create dissonance in me and create a need for change?
- Do I really believe that I have arrived at all that is beautiful, loving, wholesome, healthy and joyful? Of course not! Then why am I often closed to hearing what others might share with me.
- Am I afraid to be swayed, manipulated, or made to feel guilty? Sometimes it may seem easier to reject the information completely then to try and discover grains of truth or useful information. turth
I am comfortable with my diet, health practices, beliefs and way of living, but I have come to believe that every interaction can teach me something. If I take the time to listen, to affirm those I am speaking with, and to share some of myself with them, then I can hopefully add value to their lives as they add value to mine.
As I listen, I learn. As I listen, my own ideas and creativity can be encouraged. As I listen, I can grow in humility. When I do share, others may be more open to hear what I have to say and we can have a warm, respectful interaction.
On May 18, 2013, Pope Francis had this to say,
"In this 'stepping out', it is important to be ready for encounter. For me, this word is very important. Encounter with others. Why? Because faith is an encounter with Jesus, and we must do what Jesus does: encounter others...we must create a 'culture of encounter', a culture of friendship, a culture in which we find brothers and sisters, in which we can also speak with those who think differently, as well as those who hold other beliefs, who do not have the same faith."
I like this word, "encounter". May we look forward to many fruitful encounters in which we can learn, grow, bless and be blessed. I hope your encounter with me through this blog is blessing you on your journey to more vibrant health.