Keeping An Open Mind

August 15th, 2009

central park merry go round


I can’t really think of an instance when keeping an open mind about something turned out to

be a bad thing.  Can you?  Even if someone or something disappointed me, having an open mind

kept the possibility of good results alive for a time and that time was good.


While I was not completely enthused about going to New York on vacation, I did try to plan

good activities and keep an open mind about my time there.  All plans turned out fine.  We

got to see two musicals, walk through Central Park, spend the afternoon in the Metropolitan

Museum of Art, eat sushi, see the city lights at night from atop the Empire State Building, eat gelato in Little Italy and cruise the fancy shops in Soho and Greenwich Village.


Unplanned, better-than-expected treats: being able to people watch and listen to at least ten different languages on a daily basis, the yummy and not-so-expensive French restaurant

near the off-Broadway theatre, meeting up with my parents at Grand Central Station, $10 for

a 15-minute massage in China Town, the two lovely locals that offered to help us with

directions as we stood at the top of the subway stairs with our map outstretched, walking so

much that I didn’t gain weight on vacation, and Daffy’s (shhh…don’t tell the other

tourists about this great department store that sells cool New York styles at bargain



So how was my vacation? Well, I wouldn’t say I’ve been converted to a big city girl, but I

did have a blast and am so glad I went…with an open mind. The whole family had fun, and now we have pictures and memories and stories to share for a lifetime.


Do you have a story of a time when you weren’t looking forward to something, but it turned out better than expected?  Please share it in the comments.


Life is good!  Namaste.  –Lori

6 Responses to “Keeping An Open Mind”

  1. Oh gosh…I have had many many instances of that. But instead of an open mind, I keep my expectations low. It’s not that I lower my expectations…but I don’t expect “the best”. Basically, I have found that over and over my experiences have far exceeded what I thought would be possible. And I love when that happens.

    Sounds like you had a great trip! NYC is incredible and I too love all the languages, people, culture, excitement, noise and non-stop things to do and eat. But after about 5 days I need my trees and quiet time…lol.

  2. You are so right…one can feed off of all the people energy, but 5 days was my max too.

  3. Hi! Lori.
    I’m happy to hear that you and your family had a great time in NYC!NYC gives people energy!
    Your blog inspired me.
    It is very important to keep an open mind and try to find something interensting!
    I will remind your words when I am not enthused about doing something, and then my life will be more fun!

  4. Hi Yoshie, Thanks for stopping by the blog. I’m glad you like it. Keep up the enthusiasm. Fun is good!

  5. Great ideas for our trip this weekend! I love your blog, Lori! You’re a very good writer and I can relate to almost everything you write. I check on your blog at least once a week!

  6. Have a wonderful time in the big apple. I did.

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