By: Hazelden Meditation Series
If we blindly accept someone else’s beliefs or opinions – taking them as our own – then we set ourselves up for disappointment and heartache. If we do not examine another’s viewpoint, in the light of our own experiences and abilities, we place the control of our happiness or sorrow in someone else’s hands.
A gentleman illustrated this point with a story from his own life. “My father always regarded sticking with one job as a mark of stability. This, he felt, was emotional maturity even though he stayed unhappily at the same job for years. I never questioned his opinion.
“So, when I lost my first teaching job, I lost all my self-confidence as well as my father’s approval. I believed I was emotionally immature and unstable. Then, after four more teaching job disasters. I discovered what the real issue was. It wasn’t my lack of maturity or stability at all. It was my unsuitability to the job itself.
“I discovered I hated teaching basic skills just for the security of a paycheck. What I really wanted to do was write. That’s what I’m doing now, but it took me five teaching jobs and a deep questioning of my father’s views before I found what was right for me.”
Today, I will not blindly accept another’s opinion without examining it in the light of my own experiences, abilities, and desires.
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