What we think can truly hold us back in life. Instead of evaluating something that may be beneficial, we just put the wall up. We don't even give ourselves a moment to look at it or see it.
Not everything that we believe to be true and put our trust in is true. We may think it is. We may fully believe it is. We may be convinced that it is. It just doesn't always make it true.
Holding ourselves back in life from experiencing something that could help us or further our lives is not doing anyone any good. We're too eager these days to believe things others tell us are true, but something that is standing right before us that may help us, we shun it like a hot potato.
It defies logic and common sense...
So much of what we think and believe is not grounded in science or fact that can be proved. It is in the falsifying of what defies logic and common sense that we stand on as if we know all the answers.
If we continue to only see what it is that we think and believe, are we truly exercising our ability to be human? A human should advance and grow, not stay stagnant in what someone has convinced them to believe.
Each one of us needs to evaluate what we hold on to and what we think and believe. If we don't continually challenge it, we're staying stuck in one place. This is not good for us or human civilization.
I think back to the story about the town down in Southwest Florida where Thomas Edison wanted to install his new electric lighting. It was his gift to the town. However, the townspeople were so afraid of it at the time. It went against their beliefs of how lighting should be that they stopped him from doing this.
Just think, if each one of us does the same thing that the townspeople did, where will that get our civilization? If you don't think you do this, guess what - we all do it. There is not a one of us that doesn't hold on to something we think or believe without fully evaluating and challenging it to its core.
We will grow and become more if we allow what we believe to be challenged to its core. It is then that we will see whether it is something solid for our life or if it needs to be let go and replaced by something that is. Maybe I'm just an odd-ball in life but I always keep pushing myself to be more than I am today.