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Open And Shut Cases - Grasshopper

I’ve watched my fair share of Perry Mason and Law & Order episodes to have witnessed many open and shut cases. This writing has nothing to do with the law and everything to do with you.

Here’s a question to ponder: Are you an open or shut case?

Shut is closed off to everything that doesn’t fit into our neatly arranged model of the world. We basically know everything there is to know and, sadly, with that mindset, we can’t grow.

Open is a willingness to entertain something new that, perhaps, on first blush, may seem askew. But after exploring it from many angles, we find that it can teach us something new.

Labeling ourselves often results in a shut case. “I’m an adult, onset, diabetic and I’ll be that way for the rest of my life.” Too many adult, onset, diabetics to count have discounted that label and turned to scientifically tested diets that have reversed their condition. They opened to information they used to shut out.

Open is being open to possibilities, not shackled by negativity.

“That’s just the way I am” is a shut case. They can’t be helped unless they open a window and let in some fresh air, rather than declaring, “au contraire.”

I find that people who like to argue are shut cases. Their arguments are so well formed and ingrained that they fail to realize they close out every thing that might lead to new insights as they keep spouting their same locked-in refrain.

Shut off people, to my eyes, are constricted in mind and body. You can visible see the effects of constriction in their face and body. Have you ever described anyone as tense or tight? That’s constriction. It should come as no surprise to anyone who’s paying attention that these folks develop constricting diseases: high blood pressure, arthritis, angina, etc. Don’t take my word for it; verify it for yourself by assessing whether these folks, including you, are open or shut.

I hope I have opened you to the idea that it’s in your best interest to open yourself to possibilities. Otherwise, you’ll continue to shut off the flow, by declaring what you know, and remain corralled by conviction and done in by constriction.

Channeling my inner attorney Jack McCoy, I believe I’ve presented an open and shut case.

All the best,

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