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  1. Mary Pat

    Probably because I am curious by nature, most things are not a stretch for me. I love learning from someone different from me. It keeps me young at heart and of mind.

    1 year ago
  2. Malag

    Everyone I encounter offers learning. I could open up to being receptive to what they teach

    1 year ago
  3. Charlie T

    Lessons are everywhere. Even the arrogant and forcefully opinionated have something to teach me. I think about the possible motive/cause behind there unsolicited revealing of themselves. It is hard on me to be exposed to some people, but there are lessons in every situation if I am thoughtful and try and suspend judgment.

    1 year ago
  4. mam_gigi

    I have an poor habit of seeing the negative. I tend to notice people’s shortcomings, and have to resist the urge to not keep a laundry list of perceived slights or failures in myself and those around me. I think if I had the attitude of looking for others’ strengths instead of weaknesses, I would be able to learn more from them.

    1 year ago
  5. Mica

    Does it have to be a stretch?

    1 year ago
  6. O.Christina

    It rather feels to me like a natural process to learn from other fellow people, and who at all is not “like us”? while as an individual, each one of us is perfectly different? So if inside I can find the place of relating to where we all belong to, and start with loving kindness, the perceived difference is enriching my life and heart.

    1 year ago
    1. Mica

      Yes, Ose, aren’t we all different in some ways? {{{hugs}}}

      1 year ago
      1. O.Christina

        You are right, different in some ways meets it much better, thank you! 😊

        1 year ago
  7. Hot Sauce

    I can stretch myself to learn from someone different from me by centering the voices of those who are most marginalized as I formulate my own theology.

    1 year ago
  8. ADP

    Be a better listener and open to others thoughts and feelings helps us to grow. God puts people in our paths for a reason, don’t discount any daily encounters you have with other people. Take it as an opportunity to learn something from the circumstance.

    1 year ago
  9. KC

    When I am grounded and rooted in a healthy, connected heart space, I can listen, hear and respond with greater openness, curiosity, from a place of hospitality, friendship and acceptance.

    When I am not grounded, rooted etc. in a life honouring heart space, I can bring awareness and love to that inner place, pause, and return to a place where I can actively, constructively listen, hear and respond.

    Since everyone is different from me, I can stay open and curious, and need not venture far from home. That said, I have a volunteer gig in mind that could be a good launch / commitment to more regular, active listening with people whose lives differ greatly from my own. The volunteer gig is solidly rooted in community with mindful intentions and practices, so may be a proactive step forward.

    Thank you for this question and all the thoughtful reflections. I will aim for that action step this month. Peace is the way …

    1 year ago
  10. Don Jones

    Not so much a stretch, but by saying “Namaskarum” – the Divine within me acknowledges the Divine within you. Right there we have something beautiful in common to build understanding and learning.

    1 year ago
  11. Elaine

    In the years since retirement I’ve set an intention of doing just that. Through volunteer activities, I meet, engage with, and befriend people from different cultures living in my pluralistic city. It is an incredibly enriching, broadening, and humbling experience to be in their company.

    1 year ago
  12. c

    I want to take the seat of the learner. I want to allow love, knowledge, support to come through without questioning the intention of it. I can stretch myself to learn from someone different from me through forgiveness of wrong doings, and seeking peace. There is more to learn, and I want to get away from the common response of “I know,” when someone shares something new with me.

    1 year ago
    1. Elaine

      A deep insightful response. Like Barb C I resonate with the need to get away from “I know” to a place of – what more can I learn? This is a big piece of work for me framed in a non judgmental way. Thank you so much.

      1 year ago
    2. Barb C

      This last line really speaks to me. That moment when someone else has knowledge I also have–instead of showing I got there ahead of them, how could we explore together and build on what we both know? Asking questions from a place of curiosity and exploration will help me grow and learn things I *don’t* already know.

      1 year ago
  13. Chester

    I find stretching myself is best achieved by humbling myself.

    1 year ago
  14. alara87350

    How I stretched myself was to start to post. I was critical of even having “likes” just like all other sites, and then judged on why people “needed” these. I found sustenance on other parts of this site – my arrogance was still alive and well even on my new path.

    BUT, I kept reading what others wrote here each day, and absorbed the teachings/lessons for me. This whole experience has been a wonder – a crack so the light could get in. Grateful to you all for being here.

    1 year ago
  15. Diane

    I’m actually quite eager for this. Like Kevin I really don’t see this as a “stretch” This question encourages me to make that happen. I wonder how? Like Yram, my world is pretty small right now. We recently moved into a 55+ community where everyone is pretty much of the same ethnic, economic, and social backgrounds. An idea that just occured to me as I write this….like Antoinette, perhaps I can find a native speaker to help me become more fluent in Spanish. I love learning about different cultures…they all have their own unique history and deep, meaningful traditions.
    So blessed and grateful to be here with you this morning. Thank you all for your honest, thoughtful and generous sharing. ♥

    1 year ago
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