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March 1, 2021 20 min

Today we’re talking about how seeking and cultivating understanding builds unity and fosters community.  Understanding is the first part of the tenet of Wisdom.   

Intentional Optimism - Your Vehicle for Personal Growth:

  • Optimistic = The hull, the vehicle that gets you from island A to island B.
  • Present = The centerboard - keeps you upright, focused, centered.
  • Energetic = The sail - captures & harnesses the wind, propelling you forward.
  • Courageous = The rigging - holds everything together in proper tension, resilience. 
  • Wise = The rudder - keeps you on track, heading in the right direction.
  • Intentional = Setting everything up to properly capture the wind.
  • Topics discussed in this episode: 

  • Look for the Spiritual in the ordinary
  • Get real - be willing to see the good and the bad
  • Pursue a 360° view of life
  • Now what?
    Start small. Start asking yourself some honest questions: 

  • Do I seek to understand? Or do I only want to be understood?
  • Is it my goal to understand the perspectives of those outside my “group?”
  • Where do I go for information, when I want to understand a particular topic?
  • What do I hope to gain from any new knowledge I discover in my search?
  • Where is my north star? Is my boat headed in a direction that aligns with my values and beliefs? Do I need to adjust that by pursuing more understanding in certain areas?
  • Next, if you’re ready to work on it, here are the ways I pursue understanding… 

  • Look for the Spiritual in the Ordinary. Acknowledging we are human helps keep us humble.
  • Get real - be willing to see the good AND the bad. Without that understanding, the true beauty and depth of our own existence never gets a chance to shine through.  
  • Pursue a 360° view of life. Don’t limit your view.  
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