Difference of opinions. Tons of opinions in all shapes and sizes. Whose opinion is correct? Well mine of course! 🙂 Just kidding.
It’s funny. I never thought I was an opinionated person until years ago my husband compared me to his step-mother who was extremely opinionated. But then I thought about it. Oh yeah….I am opinionated. And the older I get, the louder I get with my opinions. BUT the difference with me? I love hearing other people’s opinions.
I just saw the movie The Black Panther the other day and a friend of mine asked if the people of Wakanda (whom the Black Panther is king of) were acting amoral, evil or ignorant. Don’t worry, you needn’t have seen the movie for this question to be relevant. And I said I saw both sides. He just laughed and said “of course you did”.
At first I was hurt thinking he was making fun of me. But then I realized, I love having the ability to see both sides of the story. When you try to see both peoples point of view, it diffuses anger. There’s more understanding. I’m not saying complete understanding mind you! But I think MOST people and populations want the same things from life. We just go about it differently.
I’ve tried to teach my children that and I’m happy to say I think they’ve learned it well. Many times one of my kids has been a mediator between myself and their other sibling. Not siding with either of us but explaining to each of us what the other person is trying to say. Incredibly helpful.
I remember when President Trump got elected. I was in Bahamas, and I was seriously interested in why people voted the way they did. Even in Bahamas (not that they can vote in the US but they have opinions because what happens in America effects them) two different people with two very different opinions. Now I know many people would be terrified to ask how and specifically WHY others voted the way they did. But you know what? If you ask gently, really wanting to know, out of curiosity, and not in a defensive manner…..and then just sit back and listen…..people will tell you. And you can actually learn things. IF you listen and not spend your time thinking up defensive responses! No fights, no arguments. Just a nice peaceful discussion. Remember, you’re not trying to change people’s minds. You’re trying to gain knowledge and understanding.
Can it be difficult if you’re trying to form a definitive response? Yes. Would other people consider it wishy-washy? I’m sure. But who cares? Seriously–who cares?? Think what you want. But listen to what other people have to say. Really listen. If it makes sense, keep it. If it doesn’t move on.
And please don’t think I’m always good with this. Sometimes I just think people are nuts and/or should be on medication! And/or I’m the person that’s nuts or I’m PMSing. Sometimes I AM right and you ARE wrong! Or is that just my husband? 🙂 As he likes to say, he never knew he had so many things wrong with him until he married me. Hey-that’s what I’m here for!
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Your open mind is a rare and beautiful thing—–so refreshing!