A Reminder to Think

A Reminder to Think

disenthrall: to liberate from
enthrall: to captivate the fascinated attention of

I find it interesting that we need to do both … disenthrall ourselves from the cliche’s of our experience and what we’ve always done, while allowing ourselves to be enthralled with the challenges and opportunities we face.

Here are 3 of my favorite thoughts that remind and encourage me to think more and push things (to be 212). I hope they’re inspiring to you (and the people around you). Below, there’s also a video I enjoy about connecting with people and living in the moment.

Think of a flabby person covered with layers of fat. That is what your mind can become – flabby, covered with layers of fat till it becomes too dull and lazy to think, to observe, to explore, to discover … not wanting to be disturbed or questioned into wakefulness.”

– Anthony de Mello

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

– John F. Kennedy

The softminded person always wants to freeze the moment and hold life in the gripping yoke of sameness.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

The first thought is from a book I occasionally give to 212ers who I think are ready to push things even further (what’s a 212er?). It’s called The Way to Love – 31 short faith-based essays (3 – 5 minutes each). Regardless of beliefs, it can be life-changing. I usually suggest people begin by reading the chapter on page 61 that begins with the thought above. The chapter is ‘No Stone Will Be Left.’ I read this book over and over (continually).

The second is from a JFK commencement speech in 1962 and the third is from Martin Luther King’s book, Strength to Love (a collection of several of his classic sermons … great stuff).

The picture above is a corner of my desk. The sign is something IBM used to give out in the 50s and 60s … laminated wood and all (all kinds of cool history on that here). The hand is something that my wife gave me for a wedding anniversary several years ago. We call it the Love Your People hand. If you don’t know about Love Your People, you can learn more here.

Oh and this…

A 2-minute video that reminds us to be where we are (a little more)…

'Work is love made visible.' - Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese writer and philosopher. Love Your People. Get The Mug.