“Your assumptions are windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” – Isaac Asimov
A friend called to see what was up for the weekend. I told her we were in L.A. for the Women’s March. “You’re kidding,” she said. “I thought you don’t like crowds. I couldn’t find anyone to join me and didn’t think you would go.”
It’s true – I don’t like large crowds or driving on the freeway to L.A. There were incredible winds and a rain storm the day before the March. I worried freeways would be jammed or flooded. Assumptions proved us wrong. We drove to L.A. in record time. My conviction to Human Rights outweighs a fear of being in the midst of thousands of people. Over a half of a million people came together peacefully, supporting each other, saying “I’m sorry” for bumping into someone, helping those who had tripped and fallen. The amazing experience reverberated around the world.
Last week, I helped friends feed the homeless. I wasn’t sure what to expect at a center where 60 people receive dinner and place to sleep for the night. They’re back on the street in the morning. It’s a heartbreaking plight. Their graciousness, gratitude, and pleasant demeanor touched my heart.
These examples remind us to expand our expectations. When we change our view, it can be a bright awakening.