Most of our opinions include plenty of reasons why anyone with a different viewpoint is a complete idiot.
We’ve convinced ourselves that if we simply tell enough people why we’re right and they’re wrong the world will be a better place.
All this has divided households, friendships, workplaces, and neighborhoods.
One thing is certain, we’re all frustrated.
I decided to try a different approach (sporadically, it’s a work in progress).
When we run into an issue that stirs our emotions, start with the assumption that our current viewpoint is wrong.
Here’s what I’ve noticed with this simple change in perspective.
My frustration with the person/article/podcast drops significantly. I listen better, and my heart softens.
Why not give it a shot?