What a lovely evening we had! Josh Frederickson did an amazing job with dinner. I love it when my friends have a chance to show off their talents. My point of view of Josh has shifted from skater-boi to barista to friend to artist to chef. (Plus he used the word “macabre” during dinner–POINTS.) It’s nice when your perspective expands in positive ways. I think we all want to experience that more often, and I think we’re all a little scared of the opposite happening. So we end up holding on too tightly to our beliefs and not letting them breathe or change or evolve. And that means death.
“The world as we have created, it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” – Albert Einstein
We discussed poverty and religion and spirituality and sexuality and food, and we could’ve talked all night, because whether we want them to or not, things are always changing. So what were the takeaways?
- 1. Seek out new places. Half the group told stories about traveling overseas and how it radically changed their points of view. You don’t have to travel around the world to see something new, though. Go to a new museum, volunteer, eat at a new restaurant–it doesn’t have to be complicated or pricey to be new.
- 2. Seek out new people. Ask. them. questions. And then listen. This isn’t about judging right or wrong/good or bad. It’s about understanding someone else.
- 3. Ask yourself why you see things the way you do. Identify your areas of privilege, for starters. Then, imagine not having that privilege and how it would change things. Eventually, you’ll have trouble imagining how your life would be different. Repeat steps one at two.
Hope to see you in April!