Have you ever been so right that you couldn’t be wrong? It happened to me recently. One of many uncomfortable moments, I assure you! It is SO easy to see only one perspective, our own. And it can be a challenge to look in another direction and recognize that left might be the answer, not right.
More often than not, when family and friends come together, there comes a time when opinions are flying, and what started as a fun, friendly conversation now becomes a roaring, heated debate.
Backing down is not an option, and we find ourselves competing for the final word. We must protect our space!
Then we stop and think, what was that all about? Was it worth the frenzy to be right when there is no right? Looking both ways makes us aware that ‘it’ can come from any direction. That what shows up might hurt – especially if we are blindsided.
Sure, stand in your story… and… allow others to stand in theirs. It is a useful defense mechanism – it just makes much more sense to look both ways.
Working on it. After all – summer is the time for self-reflection and growth.