How have you changed over your lifetime?
Do you see people differently? Accept them more openly?
See God with new eyes?
People who study human development described how we grow and change in different terminology, but I read a new description last week that intrigued me.
Psychologist Susanne Cook-Greuter describes the maturing process in terms of levels of human development with the words: “increasing embrace.” As we evolve we become more inclusive, able to accept greater differences in those with others.
As we develop, our level of tolerance of other peoples’ mistakes, peculiarities, and values supposedly increase. A maturing human gives up old beliefs and automatic attitudes of the mind and heart. We let go of the old self and take on new openness.
Not only do we accept others with more tolerance, but ourselves also.
Food for thought, isn’t it?
I would like to think I am more tolerant and loving of others and myself now than previously. I hope I am a growing person and not one clinging to comfortable old ways.
But my comfort zone is so, shall I say it, comfortable. Habits are cozy slippers and I get cold feet when walking into new territory.
“We note that this is the very kind of consciousness that got Jesus into so much trouble. His sharpest critics were those who liked to point out that he associated with anyone. This is because he embraced and loved everyone the same.” Judy Cannato
May we all live in increasing embrace with the world, with others and with ourselves. Just like Jesus!