So we all have our own perceptions on what’s right and trust in the processes around us to keep orderly systems there when we need them. So what happens when what we thought was true, what is in the guide-book, actually doesn’t work….eek!
A brilliant masters lecturer I had last year had a saying he would use frequently that went something like this: “It’s true, until it isn’t”. That constantly served to remind us that things change, people change and we are not one-dimensional creatures. Fluidity and open-mindedness is exceptionally important to keep balance of our perceptions in what is happening in our life and the lives of others.Things we thought were gospel 50 years ago.. actually even health advice from 10 years ago is now being de-bunked (think eggs and cholesterol, butter is to be avoided, low fat/high sugar is the way to go for weight control etc. etc. etc.). We often hear that for the latest ground breaking studies to hit mainstream medicine textbooks and formal education, it can take about 20 years! Meanwhile, back at the ranch….
So when you hear some health or lifestyle advice that has been super helpful to people ‘clinically’, then an open mind is always warranted. Just because it is not recommended officially by your local physician or stated on the Australian guidelines of what is recommended etc. doesn’t mean it isn’t potentially helpful and potentially the ‘new’ way to go for future healthcare (think probiotics….).
Ensuring that we all keep an open mind with each other can go a v-e-r-y long way.
This flows into all aspects of our lives, especially when we are having a stressful time, your anxiety is rising or your mood has hit the floor as well as finding ourselves in new situations. We may find some of our well wishing friends are loading on the advice – hello pregnancy and having your first baby – yep, guilty here! Or parenting whinging toddlers – guilty too (had 3!) I just can’t help my well-meaning self handing over sage advice – even though it may not be relevant to another’s situation, it is our human reflex to help people and we should never dull this down or feel jaded by trying to be supportive. The best thing is for when you are on the receiving end of some ‘well-intentioned’ advice is to politely say “thank you, I will keep that info in mind if I do need it” and move on.
You never know, it may be the perfect advice you never thought you’d need and you’ll be handing it on to another person before you know it!
Stay open peeps.
Peace out, XJen