An open mind is one thing I know I have. Whew! I was starting to have too much to think about and write in my journal!! (I’ll add a P.S. though to say Kudos to Carmen for her open mind!)
Jokes aside, I believe this is the primary element in following your path to happiness; an open mind is the one attribute that will help you start the journey and find all the other ways of loving and re-discovering yourself. I have been fortunate enough to have an open mind from the beginning and to force myself to push harder into discovering who I really am deep within. As difficult as it may have been, my willingness to understand, learn and grow have helped me move forward all along.
An open mind helps me listen to myself, to dig deep into my inner thoughts, to understand where they come from, to support the healthy and to counter the negative ones. In creating TheNewHappyMe, I think I have opened the door to doing all this and more and I hope I will encourage you to do the same. It all starts with clearing your mind and saying “let it be”.
I know. It isn’t at all easy to be completely honest with yourself about things that may be holding you back. Some things are very painful or simply difficult to accept. My big issue was always how, as a smart individual, I could let myself be pushed down and pulled back by beliefs hidden within me. In discovering my thoughts I would think OMG this cannot be true, how can I believe this? Yet it isn’t a question of intelligence at all. Our life experiences have taught us to believe certain things, some true some not. An open mind is like a database manager to sift through it all and make out the right and wrong. I let it be and as objectively as possible, even if I feel painful stabs once in a while, I clean it up.
It obviously takes more than a processor to do the work. It requires a lot of energy to acknowledge the thoughts and to realize which ones have been negative influences. It does also take a lot of work to rewind and reprogram. As always, I will plug in the importance of Journal Writing! I won’t give up on this one. My journal is my scanner, the tool I need to safely let in what will accompany me on my journey and keep out the thoughts that will cause harm. My scanner also has a handy troubleshooting feature. It may take some time, but with an open mind, finding my way back from a winding path can be as simple as mapping it out on paper. Your journal is truly a powerful tool when you use it regularly!
My white pages wait for words to pour out of my open mind. As the thoughts come out, they follow one of two directions: the road to nowhere as I set them free or my path to happiness as my buddies. Either way, my open mind is content for a job well done!