The Great Joy of Being Wrong
Wrong? Who ~ me? No. What do you mean?
Most of us are not really comfortable with being wrong ~ especially, if someone else is witness to it. We fight and struggle to prove our point in attempts to persuade others to see it our way. We cling to our conviction that we are right.
Sometimes, it is necessary to stand by the truth of our convictions ~ to hold firm to what we know to be right inside our own hearts.
And other times, it’s just futile to refuse to let go of our need to be right. This is true when our determination is propelled by our ego and our need to avoid losing face.
It is especially true when what we are clinging to is not in our best interest ~ when being wrong would actually be in our favour.
Sometimes, we drag around the evidence we have gathered in our past to perpetuate situations that we no longer desire in our present. We stay loyal to worn out beliefs and ideologies because that’s “just the way it has always been.” We’ve seen it proven time and again. It’s almost as though we become afraid to expect something different. We stay committed to being right about what we don’t want.
Imagine the freedom we would experience if we could release this ego based need to be right ~ especially about everything that feels wrong in our lives.
When judgment arises about others, or ourselves we are provided with a perfect opportunity to practice being wrong. How might our sense of self-esteem be altered if we became willing to be wrong about what we perceive as personal shortcomings? How might our relationships with others transform if we considered that maybe, just maybe, we were wrong about the other person?
If you catch yourself living by a self-defeating belief system, tap into your desire to be wrong for a moment. There is a sense of relief when we realize that we could be totally mistaken about something that has controlled us and kept us down for years. In this moment of relief, we become able to see a new possibility ~ one that feels more right in our hearts.
I hereby recant my allegiance to small-minded thinking, perceptions of lack and limitation, and any belief in punishment.
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