Social futures LO7697

Fri, 31 May 96 09:22:27 EST

Replying to LO7666 --


I read your post and agree with your sentiments. If we don't
continually push our comfort zones, we won't grow. If we don't
continuously grow, learn and try new things or search out new ideas,
new concepts and new ways of doing things, we become 'average'.

A good friend of mine defines 'average' as having 50% of the people
less successful, happy, healthy, wealthy, or wise, and 50% of the
people more successful, happy, healthy, wealthy or wise. Which would
you rather be?

> I try to do something new every day, whether its taking a new route
> to work, shopping at a different store, taking a break with new
> people, or adventuring into a new discussion group. This keeps the
> sense of the unfamiliar very present to me and helps me to stay
> sensitive to why people will go to great lengths to avoid these
> feelings of discomfort...

I'm sharing a concept (and potential business) with others and this is
stretching me continually. People will spend hundreds of dollars on
the outside, and are reluctant to spend money on the inside, on their
minds (not referring to people on this list). The challenge is to get
them to take the initial step, to allow their minds to stretch.

"A person's mind, once stretched to a new idea, never regains
its original dimensions." - ???

Keith, you said you're sensitive to why people avoid the feelings of
discomfort. Do you have any thoughts on how we can help them accept
the feelings of discomfort?

Gary Scherling
Helping people help themselves


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