Opinions can be such precious and precarious things. For someone to courageously share their opinion might for them be a huge risk and a needful step towards joining the conversation and community.
If we listen carefully, and value genuinely, we invite the conversation and community to grow and become more. If, on the other hand, “we slap it down” we risk shutting down the conversation and crippling the community. In addition to that we most likely have left that person, whose opinion we have slapped, feeling as if they have been slapped as well.
Granted there are also those who share their opinion far too freely and frequently with little regard for facts, research or reality to prop up their seemingly ridiculous viewpoints. With them we must either find patience while they find their path…or at least step around them (not on them) as follow our own path.
Finally there are those whose opinions we may find offensive and personally insulting. For those times I have this final thought…
“For you to insult me, I must first value your opinion.”
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