With this blog, I want to get the reader -- and me -- thinking about what it is that we believe and take for granted as "the truth." After nearly six decades of life, I've concluded that "truth" is in the eye of the beholder. I've become leery of "group think" in any form, because through my forties I found myself time and time again lured away from my own center, my own unique experience and perception of who I am, by falling prey to someone else's take on "truth."
I once heard the definition of a belief as simply being a thought that one thinks repeatedly. Thus, a belief is not a truth written in stone but a thought that takes root via repetition and can be uprooted, if we so choose. A belief is also a lens through which we see -- and even create -- our reality.
I want to examine how we unwittingly perceive people, places, things, and even the mysteries of life through a variety of lenses that are not our own. Just as looking through a pair of prescription lenses belonging to another person can distort our vision, dizzy us, and give us a nasty headache, so too can looking through the lenses of someone else's beliefs -- including those of our younger selves. As living, breathing, dynamic beings, we are meant to grow, change, and evolve, so it is perfectly natural and desirable for our beliefs to change.
I have found that to live fully out of my own integrity -- to "walk my talk" -- the talk I'm walking cannot simply be rote memorization of a script for living written by someone else. When we "think different," as Steve Jobs exhorted us to do, and become comfortable with the fact that others don't have to think the same brand of "different" as we do, it is easy to celebrate each human being's uniqueness and open ourselves up to our own creative nature.