Self-control

I’m not an expert when it comes to self-control.

I’m not very disciplined.

I do a good job in some areas, though.

I usually hold my tongue when I think of something hurtful.

I never damage anyone’s property.  At least, not intentionally.

Not that I never think of it.

I just don’t do it.

Because it’s wrong.

I think that’s obvious.

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.

Empty your cup

“You must unlearn what you have learned.”

– Master Yoda

There’s a famous story that goes something like this:

A skilled martial artist came to Bruce Lee.  He was seeking training and wisdom.

Bruce Lee told him he needed to empty his cup.  The man’s cup was full of his own knowledge.  He would have to empty it first.  Then it could be filled with new, better knowledge.

We have to be open to the possibility of our ideas being wrong.  Otherwise we can’t really learn.  We can’t really change for the better.

I’m wrong a lot.  I might even be wrong about being wrong.