Perspective: Seeking A Grounded Existence…

Perspective: Seeking A Grounded Existence

Well Hello There Friends!

Take a moment to step back and appreciate the magnificence that surrounds you. “Become friends with people who aren’t your age. Hang out with people whose first language isn’t the same as yours. Get to know someone who doesn’t come from your social class. This is how you see the world. This is how you grow” -Unknown.

All too often we find ourselves going about our daily lives in auto-pilot; operating within our “bubble” of comfort, shielding ourselves from the world at large.

“We build too many walls, and not enough bridges” -Issac Newton.

The notion of considering the beauty of an existence other than your own is a simple, yet significant one.

Take the time to befriend someone whose life does not reflect your own. Surrounding yourself with a variety of thoughts, philosophies, notions, and ideas translates to a broader perspective, a wealth of knowledge, a grounded soul, a more enlightened existence.

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions” -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

An open mind, and the propensity towards considering alternative perspectives is invaluable. There is a whole world brimming with beauty that is just waiting to be discovered. Seek out new experiences, new opportunities—things that give you insight into a foreign culture, or new way of doing things. Find an appreciation for something that you have previously overlooked. “Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it” -Confucius.

Embrace differences. Don’t shy away from unfamiliarity—seeing things from a different angle provides a fulfilling existence that proves advantageous to you, as well as those around you.

It behooves us to learn the opinions of others, to hear “their side of the story”. We may not always agree with another individual’s perspective, but “it is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it” –Aristotle.

Currently, there are over 7 billion people on this planet—over 7 billion viewpoints on any given situation.

I find that notion empowering—7 billion interpretations of any scenario. This concept makes me believe that we can find solutions to even the most challenging of problems. I am not saying that we are going to all sit down tomorrow and agree on world peace, or how to save the planet, but “the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step” -Lao Tzu.

You certainly don’t have to agree with my perspective, but maybe, just maybe, these words will open your heart—open your mind, to new horizons. Maybe these thoughts will make you pause and consider alternative avenues or ideas when going about your day to day life. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples” -Mother Theresa.

Until next time, I will be wishing you peace, love, and happiness.


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Christy Cole

Lover. Dreamer. Wife. Friend. HealthNut. Artist. Outdoor-Enthusiast. Yogini. Nerd. Optimist. Vegan. Upcycler. Registered Nurse. Yoga Teacher. Coloradan.

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