Here’s the thing: everyone has an opinion, BUT in truth it doesn’t matter. In fact, you can nag until your mouth runs dry, but in the end its an individuals choice that matters the most. You’re in charge of your life and circumstances that surround you. You know what best for you and your family, no one else.
So why do we let others opinions run us ragged? Because, lets face it, we’re all opinionated at heart and believe our way is best.
Anyway you look at it, opinions are whirling all around us in everyday circumstances-ie. breastfeeding vs. formula, cloth diapers vs. disposables, homemade food vs. packaged food, SAHM vs. working mom, etc. The list goes on and on. Its not really the opinions that get people into trouble though. Nope, instead its the way we take the opinions to heart and transgress them to knee-high land mines in a never-ending maze.
Too many newscasts cover angry protesters and marches, and too few cover happy outcomes.
The truth of the matter is, in reality, the right answer is always different for each individual. No one person’s reflection is going to look the same, just as one’s opinion isn’t going to look the same. In retrospect, its not the different viewpoints that matter, its the way we handle the opinions that are thrown at us that matter in the end.
In Romans 12:16, the Bible states “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited…”. Therefore, be willing to listen to others, but don’t be too high strung to put a wedge between each other based on differences. Instead, agree to disagree if needed. Just because you have differences in opinions, doesn’t mean we can’t keep things friendly. Be a mature adult and act accordingly. You don’t have to take their opinion to heart, but that also doesn’t mean you have to rub their voice down to the pits. Instead (and I’m saying with the kindness of my heart!) keep quiet, let them speak, thank them kindly for their opinion, and go about your business. Don’t pick a fight because their opinion is different than theirs. If you ask for their opinion, be prepared for a different viewpoint.
We’ve turned our opinions into childish never-ending bickering, and in the end, as all us parents know, is annoying and has no true outcome.
We’re so busy nagging at each other, that we don’t even realize we’re showing our future generation that everyone’s differences are turning the world into a cold-hearted, ruthless world. Instead of debating over who’s right and who’s wrong, maybe its time we take a step back and re-teach ourselves what we repeatedly mold into our children: differences are what make the world go round.