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Challenge Your Mind


The world feels especially scary and divided right now. Copious amounts of negativity are being thrown around in the media and it can be all too easy to simply become frozen. It feels like everyone is walking on eggshells, not quite sure what to believe let alone what to share with others out of fear of judgment or condemnation. Instead of building each other up and opening up conversations for the purpose of mutual growth, challenge, and insight, there is a spirit of judgment, separation, and anger.

In the midst of this, I charge you to not resign yourself to a bleak pessimism over the state of the world. I know it’s all too easy to simply say nothing because it feels like it doesn’t matter. But it does matter, it is crucial not only to yourself but to the wellbeing of all humanity. Take responsibility and accountability of the mind you have and use it for good. Ideas are shared, refined, and changed when we use our abilities of reason to converse and grow together.

Do not let fear keep you from speaking your mind. The information that you have within your head could be exactly what someone else needs to understand a crucially important thought within their own. I’ve also found that when you approach conversations out of a place of wanting to listen to and learn something from the person you are speaking with, your outlook on the world will widen and the conversation will be far more productive and life giving.

With that said, now more than ever it is important to educate yourself and learn everything you can. Read books from all sorts of authors, nonfiction, fiction, biography’s, it doesn’t matter. The more you learn about topics from all over the map the more you are able to refine your own beliefs and outlooks on the world.

We are truly all in this together and when we bring judgment or lump certain schools of thought, people, or teachings into specific categories we negate the ability to connect completely. Humanity would be better for it if we listened to others more, had less judgment for everyone, ourselves included, and were not held back by fear. Don’t be afraid to try new things because you never know what might work for you. Above all, be kind to yourself in the process. The world is changing, and we are all changing too, give yourself space to develop and become. With much hope and excitement for change and the future,

Alina Gersib

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