Tuesday October 28, 2014 #673

“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.”

~H.W. Beecher


The most frustrating people for me are those I care about who are unable or unwilling to consider views other than their own.  The world is forever evolving and this is particularly true for people and circumstances.  As circumstances and context change, and as people develop their talents and abilities, we must allow our views to develop and change as well.  Failure to do so creates cynical, negative individuals unable to accept that their beliefs may no longer be accurate.  It is important therefore to allow those you care about move through their own evolution of thought.  Don’t try to persuade via force, but as you learn that context requires new thinking, do provide points of view and healthy debate.

I started this JAM stating my frustration over people I care about being unable to evolve.  For those I don’t care about, I do not spend time in frustration – I simply move on.

Action items:  Be sure your own beliefs and ways of thinking are evolving by exposing yourself to new ideas and learning.  Respectfully help those you care about evolve as well, and don’t waste time or energy with frustration over people who are stuck in their ways but who do not really matter to you.