She is Molly Tuttle and her newest record is When You're Ready. On it there's a song, "Make My Mind Up." Prior to this album, she was very bluegrass-ey. She's a talented guitarist and singer. And songwriter. This song formed a bit of an earworm when I first heard it. Click play on the YouTube video of it and you're liable to not get it out of your head for a while.
As usual a lyric got my mind going. Rolling it over and over. "If I could ever make my mind up..."
You know I've been fascinated over the last few years about our brains. Particularly, how we change our minds. How we change our thinking. All that neuro-science voodoo that I'm struggling to understand.
It's hard to beat a guy when he's got his mind made up that he's going to win. - Muhammad Ali
We consider it a quality of high character when a person has made up their mind. It denotes determination. Being settled. And that's good.
Well, it can be. But it can also be dangerous when a mind is made up about something that's wrong, untrue, destructive or damaging.
I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. - Rosa Parks
A made up mind can be powerfully positive, helping us advance toward honest, desirable goals that benefit us and others.
A mind made up can also be powerfully destructive, preventing us from listening, understanding and growing beyond some prejudiced assumption. Or preventing us from realizing the harm we're bringing to ourselves and others.
On one hand, it can appear equal to tenacity, stick-to-it-iveness. Or it can appear to be self-serving stubbornness. And it's possible for it to be either of those. Or many other shades of gray on the scale of good for us versus bad for us. We'll call it the foolish versus wisdom scale given the title of this podcast.
It's not just possible, but probable that sometimes our minds are made up toward foolishness. It's not likely we see it that way, but maybe we're not seeing it for what it is.
A scripture leaps to mind.
Ephesians 1:17-19 "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power..." New King James Version (NKJV)
All human beings have experienced having our understanding enlightened. The little kid who learns something for the first time. The teenager who learns to drive. The aspiring musician who learns to play an instrument. The first year attorney who learns to navigate the court systems. The first year chemist who learns how to operate in a commercial lab. Our lives are filled with firsts that serve to enlighten our understanding.
At my work-related podcast - Grow Great - I regularly use the acronym LUG. It stands for Learning, Understanding, Growing. It's what I hope to inspire in every business person who listens to that podcast. I'm aspiring to do it. Not really difficult for a person who needs to learn as much I know I need to. ;)
Business people fixate sometimes on their blind spots, fretful about what they don't know, or what they can't see. Sadly, too few do much about it other than worry. I wish it was restricted to just business people, but it's not. I suspect most of us roam the planet with self-imposed blinders on making sure we see things the way we prefer to see them. Nevermind that we may have it wrong. Or that other facts may enlighten our understanding. Some of us don't want to be enlightened. We enjoy (even embrace) our biases.
A closed mind can serve as protection I suppose. Or a roadblock. Depending on how you look at it. When it's our mind, it's protection.