If your feet are cold, put on a hat. Have you ever heard that one? It’s a old saying based on the “fact” that we lose more heat through our head than through the rest of our body. I’ve heard this all my life, never thought to question it and usually wore a hat in cold weather.
Turns out, it’s a myth.
I was first alerted to this important finding when I was paging through my wife’s O, The Oprah Magazine recently. After searching the web, I found a number of articles talking about the same thing. Once again, something I’d heard and believed for most of my life had turned out to be untrue.
Okay, so this particular fact about head & heat is not really all that important, but the deeper issue is. How often do we automatically accept certain things without question? For most of us, it happens all the time. And, we humans have been doing this for as long as we’ve been able to think. Consider just a couple of things that at one point pretty much everyone believed:
The earth is flat. If you sail too far, you’ll fall off the edge.
It’s also the center of the universe, everything else revolves around it.
These statements seem silly today and we wonder how anyone could ever have thought they were true. Yet, they were considered facts by the top scientists of earlier times. Many people based their lives on them.
It seems like most of us believe a lot things because . . . well, they’re just what we’ve always heard. And most of the time these untrue “facts” don’t cause much of a problem in our lives. But when the things we believe hold us back, creating doubt and fear, maybe we need to question them.
Creativity depends on thinking differently – opening up our imagination to how things could be. This wouldn’t be possible if we just automatically accept something because it’s the way it’s always been done or it’s what I’ve always thought.
Part of An Island Perspective is looking at life in a new way. But first, we may have to question certain things we’ve always accepted as true. This can be a little challenging. It’s easy to resist new ideas, to continue to think what we’ve always thought. But this process can often lead to a pretty amazing discovery – what you “know” may be a myth after all.