There were other answers out there. There were people that were smart, that were thoughtful, that were kind, that embodied a life that I would look at as a meaningful life that didn’t have those same beliefs.Casey Greenawalt
- We are often discouraged from discussing some of life’s most important topics: money, politics, sex, and religion.
- We are typically reactive rather than proactive when it comes to reconsidering our beliefs.
- Rethinking our religion often creates greater conflict with our community than it creates with our God or with ourselves.
- Many of us have never once spoken to our best friends about the topic of religion.
- There is so much more nuance, messiness, and gray area in life than many of us were raised to believe.
- When we insist on seeing the world in black and white, we are at greater risk for rejecting our beliefs than if we choose instead to live in the gray.
- When we prohibit our children from exploring their religion, they often reject it outright.
- When we ask the questions we’ve never asked, we may see a world we’ve never seen.
- Thoughtful, smart, and rational people regularly arrive at different conclusions.
- We don’t need to be certain in order to be convinced.
- We can never argue with others’ personal experiences.
- The rejection we face from others when we examine our beliefs is often a reflection of their fear rather than their judgment.
- Our approach to controversial conversations is perhaps just as important as our conclusions.
- We can honor our religious heritage without accepting it blindly.
- Life is more like a track than a mountain; we don’t merely get further away from where we once were, but we return to the same places over and over at a deeper level.
- A willingness to change our minds isn’t a sign of frailty but of humility.
- Honestly consider the questions, “Why do I believe what I believe?” and “Why might others believe something else?”
- Become comfortable with the reality that you will someday hold beliefs that are different from the beliefs you hold today.
- Initiate a conversation with your closest friends about beliefs, doubts, and spirituality.
- Engage in a community where you are free to think what you think – and free to be honest about it.
- Be very careful not to express that which you do not embody.
- When a divisive discussion feels overwhelming, don’t be afraid to state, “I’m not sure I’m in the right place emotionally to have this conversation right now.”
- Give your romantic partner the freedom to evolve and grow over the course of your relationship.
- Seek out authors and mentors who see the world differently than you do.
Change Your Mind
We tend to think highly of ourselves for holding on to an opinion indefinitely, but growth and maturity are marked by the ability to react to new information by changing our minds. This week, Dr. Michael Brown is joined by Russell Catania as they outline the key steps to shifting perspectives.
Doubt Is Okay
It is better to ask hard questions than to leave them unanswered… or answered incorrectly. This week, counselor and pastor Steve Rieske shares with Dr. Michael Brown a surprising perspective that could help each of us to become more fully alive.
Are you liberal or conservative? Good or bad? In or out? This week, Dr. Michael Brown and life design coach David Denison encourage us to retire unhelpfully divisive thinking in a variety of areas in life.