Flipping the switch

Chronic problems can’t be fixed by simply flipping the switch.

No, they require more effort than that. You have to build better systems, provide fail safes, change the behavior and culture around what is acceptable and what’s not.

In contrast, flipping the lights on for someone is important in shining light on a problem when others can’t see.

Maybe that’s the jump start that is needed to address the elephant in the room.

Filling in the blanks

I’ve never been to Antarctica but I have faith that it’s there.

I’ve also never traveled in space to see for myself if the Earth is round but I trust that it is.

This phenomenon of observing the parts and perceiving the whole is called closure. Closure is important to our survival since we can’t possibly perceive the whole world all at once.

But it can also get in our way.

Because we are so accustomed to creating shortcuts on how we perceive the world, we also filter the information to fit our worldview.

Making matters worse is once we have labeled something as good or bad, our imagination begins to only think about the good or bad in something or someone. 

The bottom line: For how much filtering we do on a second-by-second basis, we do a terrible job objectively filling in the blanks.

Understanding emotional limits

We are all familiar with the phrase, “Know your limits.”

Physical limits are much easier to define. No matter how hard I try, I can’t grip a basketball. That is a physical limit.

More importantly to understand is our emotional limits.

How long can you hold onto tension? The kind of tension of stepping forward into the unknown not knowing the work you do will succeed.

Some limits are defined and real, while others are fake. False limits subvert us from doing our best work. Every day.

Caritas

You can choose to see the world as half full. Littered with possibilities and opportunities. 

You can choose to be kind and generous.

You can choose a life of abundance.

You can choose to make a difference. 

You can choose to stand up when no one else will.

You can choose to be anything you want to be. Might as well choose to be charitable.

Charity, or in latin Caritas, directly translates as love. 

Not the kind of love for money or fame. No, we are talking about deep love. Divine love. The kind of love that binds us together. That transcends all.

Without it, would any of this even matter?  

Choose your love. Love your choice. 

Merry Christmas.