Do you struggle with accepting different opinions? Conflicts often begin as a result of trying to convince someone else to see a situation the same way you do. You have every right to your opinion and the free expression of it. It is important to remember, however, so do those with whom you don’t agree.
As people, we thrive on validation and connection. Having our contemporaries support and understand our viewpoints feels good and keeps our hearts open. We experience a sense of unity and advocacy. It only becomes problematic when one party attempts to suppress the opinions of another.
Contrasting perspectives enhance life. Although it may be rare for someone to change their mind, being exposed to differing beliefs can be very healthy as we learn to become explorers in this complex and multi-faceted world we live in. Through listening to someone else’s ideas we may choose to create positive change in our life, or it may strengthen our current decisions and personal power.
“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.” ~ Stacey Charter
To be able to accept another person’s opinion is a symptom of healthy self-acceptance. It is always good to know who you are, what you believe, and why you have the perspectives you do. Enjoy sharing your insights, and even more importantly, learn to enjoy listening to the insights of others. All of this enriches life.