One Strong Belief by Buster Benson
It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
The world is powered by passionate people, powerful ideas, and fearless action. What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?
(Author: Buster Benson)
I’m not certain my friends or family really differ from my views that greatly. Sure, we have little debates here and there over certain policies and religious dogmas. I try to maintain an open mind despite the fact that I am quite opinionated.
Being opinionated doesn’t mean that I think I’m right all the time. I love to toss an idea out there and see what others think. Every idea, every opinion, right or wrong, crazy or sane, has merit and has the potential to be a solution to a problem. How exciting is that? The important thing here is to always have an open mind and an open heart to others and to the germination of an idea regardless of opinion/belief.
That is why I hate the saying, “Think outside the box”. To me that suggests that we have limitations to begin with. Limitations placed on ourselves and on others stunts growth.
Focusing on that which we cannot do or how we are limited by this or that only puts up road blocks thus preventing us from freeing our mind so the real ideas can spring forth. That is why one of my strongest beliefs is that there is NO box.
I try to live by that every day – even when I am not feeling particularly creative.
What inspired this belief? The answer might shock you. My father, my mom and my grandma (Mom’s mom). I know, I know you’re thinking, “Your father?” But for all his bad qualities, there is a side or rather there was a side to him that could be very good if he chose to be. He, along with my mom and grandma always encouraged my love of reading, my imagination, my writing and to always shoot for the highest point possible and never settle for less than the best that I could do. I also blame them for my insatiable “need” to know everything/learn everything that I possibly can. LOL. It’s also one of the things I am most grateful to all three of them for.