We live in paradox when we’re willing to embrace each situation with the potential to change us. Living paradox keeps us pliable and open like clay in the potter’s hands, ready to look at each situation through a prism. By embracing paradox as a life value, you open yourself to consider any situation with an openness and receptivity that can generate value and inspiration.
The opposite of paradox can be rigidity. When we choose to take a position and stand firmly in it, we can become hard in our thinking and dismiss other possibilities. Politics and religion are two areas where rigidity is often evident. And when politics and religion are mixed, the concoction can be nothing short of toxic. When taken to their extreme, such positions cross the line into hate, and that is true for either end of the spectrum. Hate often begets hate and when people take hard positions, resistance at the other end of the spectrum is often hardened further. How does any of this serve humanity?
Living in paradox opens dialog and discovery. When you consider the possibility that your own perspective could be wrong (and probably is) and you have the courage to accept that, it enables you to become a part of a creative process, to be part of the solution. I sometimes have to force myself into paradox especially in areas of my life that have been steeped in a particular perspective. Take for example the topic of religion. Being raised in a Christian home, I was taught certain perspectives which were reinforced in my life as fundamental truth. As an adult, I forced myself to study other perspectives including a mix of Eastern philosophy, Islam, and other faith traditions in order to broaden my own perceptions. Because of that, I have been able to realize there are many potentially valid explanations for the universe we live in; I have become more pliable and open to other realities and because of that, I have been enriched.
Life is like a circle. We live on a globe, we talk about the circle of life, and even our seasons come in cycles. Circles are smooth and continuous with neither a start point or end. Wherever we choose to put ourselves on the circle we see continuous flow to our left and right. Our viewpoint on any topic is always a factor of where we are and when we place ourselves somewhere else on the circle, the view is different. Like a circle, we are all connected with some connections being closer than others, but we are in fact connected. That is what being spiritual humans is all about. We are each unique, valuable, and contributors whether willingly or reluctant. The circle goes on forever; it always has and always will.
So the question to ponder today is whether or not you see your life’s journey as a series of straight lines leading you on a predictable path or if you embrace the circle of life. In what parts of your life are you rigid and where are you pliable? How can you embrace paradox as a default means of seeing things versus standing in a hard position?
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