Lately I have caught myself in minor disagreements with people.
In the past, especially within my marriage and later my divorce, it would be very hard to listen without becoming defensive or upset.
I would believe that somehow a disagreement was completely “on me” my personal failure.
I wasn’t able to see that maybe we just had differing perspectives and that neither of us had to be wrong: we could just agree to disagree.
What does it harm me to allow my mind to stay open when faced with a criticism, an observation, a scenario?
Isn’t it easier to take a step back from ego and emotion and simply say, “Maybe you’re right.”
Doesn’t it help me to stay balanced by learning to live and let live… or take the time to really think about what was offered to me and reflect on the moment?
Today I work very hard to stay calm during a disagreement and listen to what is being said… if it is being presented to me:
without intent to harm…
Don’t I owe it to my friend to hear them out?
“Dear God, help me to keep an open mind. Help me to see all sides of an argument and act from my best self, my higher spiritual place, when engaged in a difficult conversation.”