So I spent a lot of time when I was nowhere near a computer mulling over what I would write about in this week’s blog post. In my head, this post was spinning out of control…so much to say! But I’m going to do my best to keep it brief because there are only so many hours in the week, and I anticipate that my Press Release will take up a significant chunk of time.
Opinions! We’re meant to spend the next two weeks as the non-judgemental observer…with no opinions whatsoever. Wow! This is challenging! I try to be fairly non-judgemental as a general practice, with a “live-and-let-live attitude,” but I’m still catching myself quite frequently saying or thinking things that are obviously opinions.
I knew things were getting off to a bad start when I was listening to the webinar replay in the evening and no sooner had Mark announced the assignment than my husband called me on the phone to tell me my iPad was too loud and I need to turn it down because he could hear it upstairs where he was trying to sleep, and what was my very first thought? “You turkey, I get that it is too loud, but couldn’t you just ask me nicely to please turn it down?” You could practically see the judgement rolling off of me. Yikes!
And then just yesterday the weather was pouring rain and no matter where you went, someone would comment on how miserable the weather was…whereas I would normally not worry about expressing an opinion on the weather, it gave me pause when I realized that for this assignment, even those thoughts are to be banished. I spent the rest of the day remarking, when someone else would comment on the incessant rain, “well I certainly did not enjoy driving in it!” (That was not an opinion…it was definitely a fact!) 🙂
My one concern is that in order to make decisions, we need to make judgement calls. We need to have an opinion. Mark used the example of “who do you think will win the game?” as an opinion not to express. But if I think my local sports team is going to win the big game, then that would affect my decision to not go driving into the city when the game is due to let out.
Tomorrow I will be meeting with my partner to discuss a marketing plan for our business it’s true that I don’t have a marketing background, and neither does she, so neither of us is an expert, but we must come to an agreement on what we like better…for the purposes of this assignment, am I supposed to just let her make all the decisions? And then hold my tongue if I think she is making the wrong one?
Like I said, I’ve spent waaaaayyyyyy too much time thinking about the ramifications of this assignment. I guess a little more clarification would be nice.
The other thing I wanted to mention today is that I am in love with this part of the Master Keys. Something about the comparison of building a home for ourselves and building our “Mental Home” just resonates with me so well.
5-9 “If either of us were building a home for ourselves, how careful we would be in regard to the plans; how we should study every detail; and yet how careless we are when it comes to building our Mental Home, which is infinitely more important than any physical home, as everything which can possibly enter into our lives depends upon the character of the material which enters into the construction of our Mental Home.”
It’s a beautiful picture to keep in mind…it helps to keep that in mind through the day, giving us a reason to always stay focused on the positive. We are building our mental home, and need to be careful of the character of the materials we are using. What a wonderful thought to carry!