I firmly believe life is a learning process as everyone knows. I also believe that it how we grow as a person.
One thing I would like to touch base on today is the art of learning that everyone has a right to their opinions. Why you might ask? Simple, I once believed my opinion was the only opinion :) much like many of us in this world.
Today, I know my opinion is one of billions. It is also something I must respect even if I don't agree with it. It is also a lesson that is very hard to learn because convictions are a powerful thing. Therefore, when someone believes firmly in something, it can get out of hand in arguing their point.
How do I handle my opinions? Simple, if it is something I can vote for, I get my butt to the polls and vote my convictions. If it is something I can't change, then I reserve to the fact that I can state my opinion and move on from there.
I once thought everyone should see things my way. Because of course it was the right way LOL. But it may be the right way for me and not someone else. Sometimes that is a hard pill to swallow.
When I blog I often times blog my own opinions. Plain and simple. My life, my choices, my ideas for growing within myself. If it allows someone to grow within themselves, wonderful. If you grow within yourself because of something you do not agree with me on and it allows you to become stronger in your convictions on why you believe what you believe, even better. Why, because this means you are growing within yourself as well. Which is the ultimate goal in life to me.
I've reached an age where I know for me change begins at home, in one's self, and it allows us to build a better world from the inside. I used to tell myself, don't rock the boat. Today, I may rock the boat from time to time, but I think I do this mainly to get people thinking and allow them to firm their own convictions :)
I remember sitting around the dinner table with my grandfather. I remember thinking as a kid that man likes a good argument. As I look back on it today, as an older person myself, I can see what he was doing. He wanted people to think. Not just on the surface, but deeply about why they feel what they feel on a topic. It makes sense to me now, where it didn't back in the day.
Lessons in this life are remarkable. I still struggle with the idea of people having their own opinions, but I am learning to be accepting of the idea and learning to be okay with that. I may not always agree with everything people do, say, or live, but one thing I am better at today than I used to be is knowing when it is my opinion and when someone else is entitled to theirs :)
Can opinions change the world? Yes, when they are backed up by convictions and followed through in healthy changes we each make in our own lives.
Everyone have a lovely day!!!
Blessings to all!!!