The Container Doesnít Care; It Only Carries Whatís In There - Grasshopper
Our beliefs are like taxi cabs. A taxi cab doesnít care who its passenger is; it will transport whomever to wherever.
Every human has beliefs; itís what makes us different from all the other living species. These beliefs are containers; they contain whatever has accumulated in them over the years. We werenít born with a container, only with the ability to construct one.
Our beliefs do not care whatís contained within them. We will execute these beliefs until the day we die, unless the content of our particular container gets updated.
We carry substances that work or donít work for us. The container doesnít care; it only carries whatís in there.
The content of your container is different from anotherís, but your container is exactly the same as theirs.
The capacity to believe something is the same in everyone; itís what our containers contain that we argue about.
Iíve always been amused by the Theist/Atheist argument. Neither one can factually prove their premise, yet they argue. What neither appreciates is that they have the exact same container Ė itís just filled with different stuff.
This thought may have never occurred to you but, when you announce you donít believe in something, you are displaying the content of your container Ė not necessarily a validated fact.
Beliefs are powerful; whatís contained in them is optional.
If you want to become aware of more options, there are two questions to ask:
1. What am I carrying around in my container?
2. Is it working for me?
We seem to carry around an assortment of content, much of which we inherited from our upbringing and social conditioning. These seemingly non-permeable judgements often work against us.
For example, hereís something Iíve found from personal and professional experience: What you judge in another, they feel.
That means they will be uncomfortable around you when you are judging. If you notice that people are uncomfortable around you, my experience is they sense your judgement of them.
A judgement is the content in your container. The container only will take you to the destination you give it directions to.
So, if you want people to be more comfortable around you, stop judging them. Your judgement, even though unspoken, is transparent and felt. The same is true for all the content in your container.
Examining and evaluating the contents of your container is always worthwhile. The contents of your container, left unexamined, stagnate and form a hard crust preventing you from learning something new. When you spring clean your container, you add to your personal growth.
A surefire way to insure that your beliefs donít take you where you donít want to go is to sift through them and see what needs to go.
If you donít like where you are headed, wrap your head around this concept: Beliefs donít care; they are like taxi cabs that only transport whatís in them from here to there.
After reading this, donít be too surprised if you have an urge to clean out the kitchen junk drawer.
All the best,
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