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A lot of our responses have been automated. Our brain does this to save us energy and protect us from unnecessary decision-making. Automatic reactions are often so fast, that we can only catch the emotion they evoke but not what happened before that. In this context we often talk about negative reactions. Yet today I would like to look at automatic reactions which are helpful: catch yourself holding open the door for someone, genuinely smiling or letting someone go first. Acknowledge these positive automatic responses and be proud of them.
What do you like about this time of the year? If you don’t know just yet keep an eye out for it and answer the question tonight.
Who or what do you expect to be the source of change? Yourself? Other people? The passing of time? Is this pretty generally true about you or are you more passive in some instances and more active in others? And how has this worked for you? What would happen if you experimented a bit more by shifting your expectations?
It’s interesting how music or even people who we didn’t enjoy back at the time when we encountered them can years later spark the warm glow of recognition. The people, activities, music and movies you encounter today might spark that feeling in the future, even if you don’t know it today.
Your fingers know how to do certain things that you can’t explain in words. Same with your hands and your feet. Similarly your brain carries out tasks all day that we are not aware of. Today let’s appreciate all the hidden knowledge we have. And let’s think about the fact that if we have all kinds of knowledge hidden from ourselves then others have that too. They are so much more than we recognize when we look at them.