What's Wrong With Being Right

October 20, 2014 5:03 PM

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What's Wrong With Being Right

Charlie: The mind is an extraordinary thing. It can solve problems, imagine amazing ideas, envision inconceivable possibilities, help us to plot strategies for difficult challenges, aid us in connecting dots that transform our capacity to comprehend previously incomprehensible experiences, and in uncountable other ways, bring greater clarity and understanding into our lives. As we have all undoubtedly recognized however, there is a shadow side to the mind that activates experiences that can leave us feeling diminished, depleted, hopeless, frightened, and impotent. Yet neither the "negative" nor "positive" perceptions that we hold represent an absolutely accurate reflection of reality. They are rather, interpretations of ourselves, other people, and our world that have been produced and shaped by our mental software.

The difference between what "is" and what I think "is" can be an incredibly difficult distinction to make, because our thoughts can be extremely convincing when we are trying to discern the truth. My favorite bumper sticker is one that says, "Don't believe everything you think." The reason I love it...

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