Todays quote is by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. Saying – A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. I couldn’t agree more. Every experience, everything happening in life takes us to another level. Another state of mind, makes us wiser and smarter.
What does that mean?
The quote says that new thoughts, new ideas (especially the big ones) permanently change our minds. Our thought process is different, once we have a new idea with which to play. Our horizons of ‘possible’ have been moved, and there are now new spaces in which we can play.
As we hear new ideas, not only do we have new places to explore, our minds are often drawn there. To explore this new open space is almost an imperative. We may not always find this new space useful, but we still notice all that new space.
Even those ideas we dislike or with which we disagree leave our mind stretched, if only in our attempts to refute or disprove the new idea. Our minds are never going to return to the size they were before. And that is the point of the quote.
Why is exploring the expanding possibilities of life important?
Like a baby’s first steps and first run, like an older child’s first ride on a bicycle without training wheels, or like a teenager’s first solo drive in the car, once we have experienced the expanding of our limits, life is different, and will never be the same.
Seeking out new ideas, or at least reacting to them when we come across them, is part of human nature. We are inquisitive (although some are more so than others) and seem to enjoy mastering new skills or ideas (at least while we are young – any idea why some people seem to grow out of it?).
Each new day brings possibilities. What will you learn today that might open a new door? What might let you see past an obstacle? What will bring you the insight necessary to take the next step? The world is big and getting bigger.
There are more ideas in nearly every subject, all you have to do is pick your favorite topic and pay attention to the new ideas. Then let your mind expand and explore the new space that the new ideas brings with it. Expand your mind, broaden your horizons.