I’ve got a million and one things swirling around inside my brain today (and forever.) I’ve been wanting to write about them for some time now, but I am not sure how it will all come out…so bare with me here.
I’m one of those people who avoids confrontation at all costs (well, unles you really tick me off, and that RARELY happens.) I’m so neurotic about this issue that sometimes I don’t think I let the real me show through. I avoid posting things because I’m worried about offending someone. I avoid commenting on certain subjects for the same reason. Every once in a while, I venture out to share something I think is very beneficial, although with much trepidation. I’m a people pleaser, and sometimes that fact really plagues me. Recently I encountered a controversial subject on another blog, and venturing out of my turtle shell, I actually commented what I really felt about it. I felt good doing so. Some people agreed with what I had to say and some (most) didn’t. I’m not going to share what the discussion was about, because that is not really important. What is important is what I have learned from the whole experience. At first I felt a little scared about people not liking what I had to say, but I quickly got over it. What I have learned, is that people are always going to disagree, have different opinions and even get offended, including me. I think that it is important to remember that discussion, sometimes heated discussion, is meant to bring about new understanding, and sometimes even change a person’s mind, or solidify their own original beliefs (at least that’s what it means to me.) I know that I don’t have everything all figured out, and I definitely don’t profess to. (Which is often a reason I refrain from sharing my thoughts on a subject, because I just don’t have it figured out yet!) I’m learning, changing and hopefully becoming a better person. I’m not going to be offended by people who have different ideas than me. I’m going to try to understand where they are coming from. I’m not going to hide my thoughts about things for fear of offending someone any more. I’m going to say what I think at this point in time in my life. All with the understanding that I can change my mind, I can learn new things, my point of view can change (sometimes it really needs to.)
What are your thoughts on these thoughts? I’m not sure I’ve gotten everything out that I wanted to express- sometimes it’s all mush up there…but anyways- with that thrown out there, I’m ready for some discussion.