I Know I Don’t Know

 fb lady of thought“I’ve spent my life trying to undo habits—especially habits of thinking. They narrow your interaction with the world. They’re the phrases that come easily to your mind, like: ‘I know what I think,’ or ‘I know what I like,’ or ‘I know what’s going to happen today.’ If you just replace ‘know’ with ‘don’t know,’ then you start to move into the unknown. And that’s where the interesting stuff happens.” ~ Lady in picture as seen on Humans of New York Facebook page

True learning happens in the unknown spaces when you change ‘I know’ to ‘I don’t know’.

‘I know what I think and I know what I know’ locks you in the closet of your beliefs. You’ve bolted the closet door against anything or anyone coming in.

‘I know what’s going to happen’ blocks you from the unexpected moments of life. Unless you’ve always done the same thing, do you really know what’s going to happen?  Remember the beauty of being human – we don’t know what we’re going to do.

‘I know what I like’ narrows and constricts your world view down to predictability. You’ve settled to live life without a single opportunity to challenge yourself.

Open your mind to the possibilities and serendipity of the world. They’re what make life truly worth living.
Otherwise, you’re stuck. Content. Average. Repetitive. Boring.

I don’t know what I think.
I don’t know what’s going to happen.
I don’t know what I like.

About Tricia Ransom

Patricia Ransom: wife, daughter, friend. Learning, laughing, living. Chicago, Illinois, downstate. Townie, urbanite, traveller. Note: The opinions expressed on this blog belong solely to me and should not be assumed to reflect the opinions of any of my employers past, current, or future.
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