Open To The New

“The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler

Alvin Toffler is an American writer and futurist, known for his works discussing the digital revolution, communication revolution, corporate revolution and technological singularity. A former associate editor of Fortune magazine, his early work focused on technology. Then he moved to examining the reaction of and changes in society. His later focus has been on the increasing power of 21st century military hardware, weapons and technology proliferation, and capitalism.

As a Rabbi in Recovery and Spiritual Counselor too many, I keep learning to unlearn so I can be open to learning anew. My arrogance and smugness will leave me in the wake of ignorance if I don’t get out of my own way and allow new knowledge in.

How willing are you to unlearn and relearn so you may continue to grow and feel connected to the world as it evolves? How open are you to new perspectives and ideas from sources not familiar to you? There was a time in my life when my mind was closed to only the most familiar. This resulted in my struggling to adapt to all the changes going on around me. For the past twenty plus years I have grown to seek unfamiliar ideas and embrace them as they contribute to my ongoing growth and evolution as a man, husband, father, friend and colleague.

Only when we are open can we truly hear what is being said or really see what is happening around us and really be in the moment. Openness demands that I be willing to move to places of discomfort within me; to forever challenge the foundations of my belief systems so I can find new pathways that strengthen my faith. To accomplish this, I must turn inward to my faith and accept the insecurity that comes from opening me to new ideas. I also derive the excitement that comes from knowing that my faith will lead me to new vistas and horizons in my gratitude, hope and willingness.

My prayer for you today is that you be open to seeing things from another’s point of view; from a more elevated and inclusive perspective and with a child’s attitude of awe and wonder.

Hugs and Blessings,
Rabbi Mitch

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