The other day a friend asked me about a certain something I'd recently changed in my life. I am always excited to discuss the things that I've learned, so I told my friend a little bit about why I'd changed this thing. Mid-sentance my friend stopped me and told me they didn't believe what I was telling them at all. And that was that. I felt awkward, and we began talking about something else.
I've been thinking about this experience a lot. I'm used to meeting people who don't really agree with my views on the world, let's be honest, my thoughts on life are different than the mainstream... I confess though, this abrupt reaction stung a little.
There are basic things that we learn about communication, and being polite. We also learn that everyone has the right to their own opinion. How then do we answer questions about our alternative views without being offended at rebuffs? We shouldn't have to absorb everyone's opinions to be nice, but where is that kind medium?
I think for me the key really is to be more full of love. The scriptures are rife with the thought that pride brings malice. I don't want to be like that. Love is the cure all for strife of any kind. If I can look at a person who does not want to listen to my thoughts, and love them, then I will not be offended. And I will be able to hear them, and answer them in a way that they, in most cases, will not be offended either.
What has helped you to better communicate in this crazy world?