Tabula rasa is a latin term which translates to blank slate. It often refers to the mind. Philosopher John Locke wrote essays on Human Understanding. Infants are born with a blank slate. They have not formed ideas or opinions about anything. Locke tells us that ideas are formed only through experiences. This means neither positive or negative ideas exist at birth. These experiences can be intentional or unintentional. We all come into this world as blank slates ready to write the ideas of our lives.
As children, we are taught to like and dislike, love and hate, be cautious and take chances, etc. We learn these things through experiences with our parents and family, and later with friends. As cognizant adults, we have the opportunity to accept or reject the ideas imprinted on us as we learn and grow.
We must remain careful and cautious of the company we keep. If you are surrounded by negative people, you will become negative like them. Likewise with positive people. What is the point of erasing all of your negative thoughts and opinions only to replace with new negative thoughts? You are free to write whatever you choose onto your slate. I challenge you to choose positivity. Choose to be a light in a world of darkness. Make sure your intentions are reflected in your actions.
I encourage you all to find your blank slate. Do away with preconceived notions of people, places, and things. Erase what has been written on your slate. Wipe it completely clean. Develop new ideas based on new positive experiences. Open your minds and hearts to new and different experiences. Challenge the negative ideas which experience taught you at such an early age. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone and have new experiences. Embark on this journey with me. Come find your Blank Slate.
I’m being Expertly Me. Be Expertly You.
“Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.'” I Corinthians 15:33 NKJV
“Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” Proverbs 13:20 NLT