‘The biggest addiction, and one we least often talk about, is being addicted to beliefs. We really get hooked into thinking what we believe is true and right.” ~ Martha Boesing …
We seldom look at our beliefs as something that we can become addicted to, but, when left unchecked, they tend to inflate our ego and go to our head. Rarely do we challenge our beliefs, and eventually when they are put to the test and fail, we rationalize them in an attempt to feel more self-righteous. That is perhaps why Martha is so spot on noting that this is perhaps one of the biggest, and least often talked about, addictions we are faced with.
When pride is involved, being attached to our beliefs can be a very unhealthy thing. By being so close-minded and ignorant to feel that our beliefs are always right and true, we prevent ourselves from growing and developing–spiritually, intellectually, physically, and emotionally. We also limit our ability to understand and comprehend things, as we force ourselves to process them with our limited beliefs.
In thinking back to some of the beliefs I held several years ago, I can honestly say that I would really not desire to defend them now–some of them were immature, some of them where ignorant and uninformed, and some of them were based off of preconceived notions and hearsay.
Be open to challenging your beliefs so that you can grow and develop every day. After all, learning is something that takes a lifetime, so we should not put unrealistic expectations on ourselves and our beliefs–it is absolutely normal for them to be in constant refinement.
Challenge your beliefs.
Questions to consider:
What kinds of beliefs do you hold most dear? Where have those beliefs came from?
Where do your beliefs take you? What kinds of actions do you perform in the name of your beliefs?
Why might so many people take challenges to their beliefs as personal challenges?
For further thought:
“We are incredibly heedless in the formation of our beliefs, but find ourselves with an illicit passion for them when anyone proposes to rob us of their companionship. It is obviously not the ideas themselves that are dear to us, but our self-esteem that is threatened.” ~ James Harvey