When someone lets you know they disagree with you, how does it make you feel? Most likely, if you are a natural human being, you might feel a little defensive, perhaps hurt, maybe eager to prove your point. It might depend on who is disagreeing with you as well. A family member, friend, or perhaps a random classmate who really doesn’t know what they are talking about can all change your reaction.
In any case, as I have watched people the past few weeks, I have come to feel that many of us don’t know how to disagree. In a world of thousands of ideas and differing opinions, I feel like that any sort of bold declaration of an opposition of opinion is perceived as a hateful resentment. A personal attack if you will.
This is most likely not the case. It is often easy to disagree with those that are merely acquaintances, however when those that we love dearly begin to disagree with us, many of us might take it personally. As if the love of that person were influenced by their disagreement.
Relationships, especially families in today’s world, have to be open to disagreement. There will be just as much inside a family as out (some may argue that their families may have even more so), which means that a spirit of love, and an aim to compromise to a solution, should be the focus.
You may disagree that this is prevalent. To be honest, I even disagree with myself a little as I re-evaluate this post. I guess my hope in all of this, is that in any instance of disagreement, we don’t take it personally, and keep the relationships healthy. Thanks for stopping by!