Please, DO YOU.

Let’s face it, we feel the need to have an opinion on everything–especially things that have absolutely no effect on us whatsoever. I understand that we’re human…we can (and certainly will) have opinions on people, events, politics, religion, habits, sexual orientation, movements, and so on. You name it–there’ll always be an opinion. Lots of them.

We need to open our hearts and our minds and understand that different eyes see different things!!!!!!!!! We’re all on our own path in this crazy world. Just because someone’s path is different than yours, doesn’t mean they’re lost. Your way isn’t the only way. Just because you think one way does not mean anyone else may particularly agree. I believe the one concept we have yet to fully grasp as a whole is that WE DON’T NEED TO AGREE ON ANYTHING TO BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER. 

We live in a world where there are so many different likes/dislikes, different wants, different desires, different needs, different wishes, and yes, different opinions.

(Hello…we’re meant to be different!! That’s what makes us beautiful!!!!)

We are entitled to form an opinion–it’s just what we do. And please, don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with having an opinion. Opinions are human nature. But that’s all they are…opinions. Your opinion is your opinion, and your perception is your perception. Do not confuse them with facts or truths.

I promise you it’s possible to disagree without being disrespectful. Stop trying to understand everything. Some things just aren’t meant to be understood, simply accepted.

If people want to bury themselves in books, let them bury themselves in books.

If people want to be rednecks, let them be rednecks.

If people want to wear goofy clothes, let them wear goofy clothes.

If people want to smoke, let them smoke.

If people want to be gay, let them be gay.

If people want to dye their hair bright purple, for pete’s sake let them dye their hair purple!!!!

You are you, and that is great. Let others be themselves too, because that’s also great.

What’s so wrong with cheering others on? If someone has enough courage to be themselves in a world that is constantly making them feel inadequate, let’s support them!!!! If something makes someone happy, good for them!!!! Who am I, you, or your grandma to tell them they should be ashamed, embarrassed, or that they’re wrong?

I’m not saying I’m the perfect person that never holds judgement, or that I’ve never thought horrible things that I’m not proud of. I’m human, too.

What I’m saying is by opening my mind, I have also opened my heart. I do try to keep an open mind, and you’d be surprised what finds its way in there.

I read somewhere once that the first thought that goes through your mind is what you have been conditioned to think, and what you think next defines who you are. I encourage you to be more aware of your thoughts. Are you thinking ideas of what you’ve been taught to think, or do you truly believe everything that crosses your mind? Stop and ask yourself: is my opinion disrespecting anyone’s existence?

We need to be aware of the difference between an opinion and a nasty criticism.

I’ll be the first to admit I catch myself tripping on the daily. But, paying attention to what words intercept each other in this vast brain of mine has made me more awake and much more understanding. Step by step, I’m learning to only grow thoughts in my brain that I wouldn’t mind putting in a vase. Because ultimately, the happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

Become more aware of what’s really worth your energy. I promise you that you will quickly come to realize that focusing on goals, working on yourself, or even strengthening a relationship is a such a better fixation to have–rather than worrying about what Joe down the street is up to.

“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.” {Bill Bullard}

So be weird. Be random. Never be ashamed of who you are. Watch carefully, the magic that occurs, when you give a person just enough comfort to be themselves.

therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory // romans 15:7

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