Do you think it’s important to keep an open mind?


Do you have an open mind?

How often do you change your mind about something or some issue?

If you’re anything like me then probably quite frequently I would guess.

I’ve even had quite strong opinions on an issue, held for many years, and then decided that actually I’m wrong and I’ve subsequently revised my opinion.

I’m referring to that ‘light bulb’ moment when suddenly I can see clearly that which before I couldn’t see before.

A change of mind simply implies that we’ve seen something in a different way. And there’s nothing wrong with seeing something differently and revising your opinion.

I think it’s shows maturity if we can accept when we’re wrong about something.

Perhaps suddenly we understand something that we thought we understood before but then realise we didn’t really understand it at all. Perhaps in searching for an answer, we get a new perspective on an issue which now seems more appropriate than the perspective we had before.

The point here is that often we think we know the answer when actually we’ve failed to understand the question.

So it’s important to keep an open mind. An open mind is a healthy mind.

Listen to the views of others and try to understand their point of view. Seek first to understand and accept that we may not always fully understand immediately. And never hang on to an opinion simply for fear of losing face.

If we’re wrong and we know we’re wrong then it’s better to be honest, accept it and move on.

The important thing is that we keep our minds open and as we develop a better perspective then we adjust our views accordingly. That is a mature way to behave it seems to me.

However, ultimately that’s just my opinion, so what do you think?

© Roy J Sutton and Mann Island Media Limited 2017. All Rights Reserved.


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