I am going through an interesting experience in my life these days. I am facing off against some preconceived notions that I have. Preconceived thoughts about people and about relationships. I find it quite interesting because I seem to be able to look at myself from outside myself and actually chuckle a bit at my predicament.
One thing that I came to realize a few years ago is that I do not handle change well. I used to think I was terrific in that part of my life, but then some experiences taught me that I like going in a straight line. The changes that required a turn were hard on me, as momentum was a very strong force in my life.
Then there was the issue of how I receive thoughts from others. If someone came to me and suggested I should do something differently, how did I receive that. I didn’t always listen right away, but I was willing to accept it without trying to defend myself or argue, and would give myself several days to let it sink in.
This situation I find myself in right now is pitting me against some preconceived notions that I have. If I ignore the whole thing, it will go away and I will keep going in the same straight-line. If I accept a new way of thinking about a facet of life, it may require a big change in my life, a positive one at that, but it is still scary.
How do you respond to change? How do you respond to advice that others give you about your life? Do you have preconceived notions about life that get challenged?
And that is what Grandpa Richard Speaks today.