Kodwo Baidoo writes: Monday Epistles, Season 3, Episode 1.Fixation Stunts Generosity.
The UBUNTU story has greatly impacted on my leadership executions as well as my general engagements with people-work, family and or friends.
It was once told that an Anthropologist proposed a game to the African tribal children. He placed a basket of sweets near a tree and made the children stand 100 meters away. The rule was that, whoever reached the basket first would get all the sweets in the basket. When he said *’ready, set, gooo’* the children quickly held their hands together and ran together to the basket. They shared the sweets equally amongst themselves and enjoyed till the last sweet melted on a tongue.
When the Anthropologist asked them why they did so, they answered “Ubuntu”, which meant-“how can one be happy when others are sad?”. If any of the children was closed minded and had sought to be in absolute control, the aftermath of their relationship would have been stained with greed, hatred, mischief, bitterness, and unhealthy competition which would have spiraled amongst them till they started working against each other.
Being open-minded can be really tough sometimes especially for people who serve in leadership positions and have to deal with different mindsets and opinions from surbordinates. Admittedly it is not a commonly comprehended dream or vision killer, and so even those who know about it still cannot appreciate its huge benefits vis a vis its dangers.
Most of us are brought up with a set of beliefs and values and, throughout our lives, tend to surround ourselves with people who share the same values and beliefs. Therefore, it can be difficult when we’re faced with ideas that challenge our own and, though we may wish to be open-minded, we may struggle with the act of it from time to time.
For the past 32years of football history, Chelsea Football Club has hired and used the services of 21 Coaches. For the same period of space and time, their counterpart Manchester United Football Club has also hired and used only 6 Coaches. And yet in terms of glory, successes and trophies, Manchester United is a whole planet above and apart from Chelsea. When we are closed minded or fixed onto a belief, we are more likely to change opinionated people around us and settle for meager successes rather than being open minded and fluid.
Fixation stunts generosity. According to the Word of God, we have been enriched so that we can be generous in all we do. Being fixed in any form or way, material or immaterial, closes your mind to even variant positive opinions which would have greatly impacted on your vision or dream. When you open your mind, you free yourself from having to be in complete control of your thoughts. You allow yourself to experience new ideas and thoughts and you challenge the beliefs you currently have. It can be very liberating to look at the world through an open mind.
Opening up your mind to new ideas allows you to the opportunity to change what you think and how you view the world. Now, this doesn’t mean you necessarily will change your beliefs, no! But you have the option to when you think with an open mind. Most importantly, there is an honesty that comes with an open mind because being open-minded means admitting that you aren’t all-knowing. It means believing that whatever truth you find might always have more to it than you realize.