Keeping an open mind
The brain is the most remarkable organ in the human body. It can build connections, produce commands, and in relation to this blog post it can adapt. On a daily basis, we are reminded of examples that prove adaptability is key. Take for example the fact that the key to survival in evolution is adjusting to change. This concept refers to being able to transform a situation to fit a new purpose, to modify, and in my opinion, it is one of the most fundamental qualities we possess. Of course, when it comes to genetics, adaptability relates to theories of natural selection, but targeted to this blog, mental flexibility lies in one essential factor: open-mindedness.
Although I don't usually show it, being open-minded has always been a challenge. It is so easy for me to trap myself behind this metaphorical door that is my fixed mindset, and once in, I find it hard to escape. I consider myself a quite determined person, even though I find my career path still unknown, I am aware of the areas I dislike. Due to this, I found myself facing a dilemma during the past few weeks.
Starting with t"The Nest", if you had asked me two weeks ago, I would have told you my exact role. I used to be in charge of the website coding and design, a job I was excited to do. Yet all of this changed when we decided to switch to Medium. Now don't get me wrong, I was all for this change, it looked neater and provided a user-friendly platform; nonetheless it put me at a crossroads. My mindset prohibited me from volunteering for tasks that involved English and video-production since I am not interested in pursuing these areas further in my life. Still, I had to find a replacement role, and fast.
After hours of giving it some thought, I stumbled upon an idea that peaked my interest. I decided to apply the concept of Humans of New York to The Nest and propose a Humans of Lima section. Even though I do not want to study journalism nor photography, I was able to incorporate English, media and my passions by making the most out of a situation.
In the end, the nest is still undergoing some major changes, and I might not even have to pursue my role whatsoever. But what is important is that I learned the value of keeping my mind open. Because we cultivate our mindsets based on our perceptions of the universe, so escaping them will always be a challenge. But if we fail at this task, then what separates us from the organisms that lost the race of evolution? Opening our mindsets, though hard to accomplish, is the foundation to adaptability, and adaptability not only leads to growth but also to living a satisfying life.
8/31/2015 03:17:08 am
My favorite part of your blog is your reflection piece because it really wraps up your blog and connects all of the points that you made. I also really liked how your voice shines through in your writing because it helps to show your personality :)
8/31/2015 03:21:45 am
My favorite part of your blog is how you gave examples of YOUR open mindset because it connects to you and not a broad audience. This makes the reader more interested. I also liked the language that you used, and how in the beginning of your blog, you gave scientific facts about the brain, which then connected to what you wrote.
8/31/2015 03:31:16 am
Frances, I like the connections that you make here between having an open mind and adaptability. Please see your Google Doc for potential changes and your growth chart for more specific feedback. https://goo.gl/Ala94g
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