Who let the thoughts out?

Who let the thoughts out?

By Rajesh Setty on Sun 26 Feb 2006, 10:36 AM – Leave Comment

In a short but sweet article “But We’ve always done it this way“,

Denise O’Berry talks about a woman who followed an interesting practice

while fixing holiday ham because her grandmother taught her that way.

The practice was to lop off both ends of the ham before placing it in

the pan. Upon checking with the grandmother, what they found was that

her grandmother followed that practice to ensure that the ham could fit

into the pan she had. Although this woman had a bigger pan now, the

practice continued.

While we can chuckle at the story, I am sure there are many such

practices of convenience that we follow in our lives just because

that’s how we learnt them. Actually, it’s hard to identify these

practices as these are “truths” and “facts” in our mind. We don’t

question facts just like we don’t question gravity. They are just there.

One way to break free from this prison is to just stop the temptation

to defend something when someone else has a different opinion about

that same thing. It is an immediate opportunity to see “whose thoughts

are we following” blindly. Many times we learn what we do from someone.

At the time of learning the lessons may have been valid but the lessons

must change to reflect the times.

So, the question therefore is “Why

not proactively look at some of those lessons and upgrade them to the

current times rather than wait until we are forced to do so?


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