Why do you think what you think?

Your thoughts are not you.

Your thoughts may not even originate from you.

Thoughts come and go.

Some are bad.  “I want to hurt/kill/rape that person!”  Don’t be hard on yourself because of them.

Some are good.  “I want to save the world!”  Don’t take too much credit for those.  😉

Some thoughts we hold on to.  We label those our ideas.  Our beliefs.

Some people cling to their ideas without questioning whether those ideas help them or hurt them.

Some people share their ideas.

Some to control others.

Some to improve the world.

What is reality?

Everyone has their own model of realty.  It consists of their ideas and expectations.

This model is always different from reality.

The closer your model gets to reality, the closer your results will be to your expectations.

Some people think they know everything.

They won’t listen to anyone else’s ideas.

They end up frustrated because they don’t get the results they want.

Diversity of ideas is a good thing.  Someone else’s idea may be more realistic than your own.

Don’t try to fit in with the crowd.  The crowd is usually wrong.

When no one is willing to say so, that’s not good for anyone.

Find your voice

People are afraid to speak up.

To let others know what they think.  What they believe.

Afraid to let others see who they really are.

They’re ashamed.

They don’t feel good enough.

That was me.  I was afraid.  I thought I’d lose all my friends.  No one would ever want to talk to me again.

But I knew something had to change.

I spoke up (so to speak).

I’m a very flawed human being.

That’s okay.

Everyone else is flawed, too.

Tell your story.

Let people see the real you.

That’s how people connect.  At least, I think that’s how it works.

I’m not an expert.  I’m just a guy with a blog.

But it’s helped me.

Open-minded

I’m emptying my cup.

Sometimes it’s scary.

Sometimes things you’ve believed your whole life turn out not to be true.

Sometimes people you thought were untrustworthy are the ones telling the truth.

It’s important to consider that you might be wrong.

That the other person might be right.

To weigh all sides before reaching a decision.

Sometimes the crazy person’s argument makes the most sense.

Sometimes truth comes from unexpected places.

Be open to it.

What happened to listening?

It’s ridiculous.

People demonize others.

Who don’t believe the same things.

Who don’t like the same things.

What happened to listening?

What happened to understanding?

Does liking a different sports team mean someone is bad?

Do different beliefs about the origin of the universe mean someone is an idiot?

“Divide” is the first part of “Divide and Conquer.”  There’s a reason for that.

United we stand, divided we fall.