I used this picture nearly 2 years ago in a post about the frustating nature of people who seem to disagree with nearly everything … just for the sake of disagreeing. The post and many of your wonderful responses to it can be enjoyed here. http://kirkweisler.com/t4d/2011/12/14/disagreeable-peopledont-be-one/
Today I want to share another of my wife’s favorite quotations on this subject.
Learn to disagree without being disagreeable.
I know when I am in the presence of or a conversation with a disagreeable person. They are not fun to work with, live with, or hang out with (generally speaking of course). However when I am the presence of a person who has learned how to disagree without being disagreeable I find it not just tolerable but pleasant. People who have mastered this have mastered much and it is from them that much can be learned.
Let’s face it, being in room full of people that agree with us on everything may be nice for a short period of time, but in the long run, not so much. From that group will we learn to see the world differently? Will we learn to appreciate the differences that we see, understand why they exist and learn to treasure or at least respect the viewpoints that differ from our own?
I don’t want to be surrounded by clones or yes men and women. I don’t need or want everyone to agree with me (though sometimes I think this would be nice). But I also don’t want to around disagreeable people. I don’t mind, however, being around those that disagree without being disagreeable… in fact it is from them that I will most likely learn and grow the most.
Do you disagree?