Opinions Matter but Just How Much?
What is an opinion:
“a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.”
I’m a good one for asking people their opinions. I look at it as a bit of a polling or a consensus of opinions from people whose opinions I value. Then I look at that those opinions, and mine, and I make a judgement call. I can’t be swayed easily, but if somebody has a compelling opinion, I am sure one to listen to it and very often I see a lot of value in what they’re saying and sometimes changes my opinion and at the very least there’s some good discussion.
Today I see a lot of people with opinions, some valid and some not, but that’s their opinion. For me it makes me stop and think about what other people are trying to imprint on my mind and secondly why. It’s usually easy to figure out but man it’s a time suck. You know what I mean, in a lot of cases it’s a waste of time.
I try to sort through what I think is hype and politically sponsored or looking to get a reaction and, I don’t know about you, but it’s usually easy to figure out what the end goal is, if any at all.
I have a few friends, who I am extremely close to, and we differ in opinions on several things, but that doesn’t change my opinion of them. Some of them are very close friends and I love them dearly and I look at it as differences of opinion but whatever their view is on something, I don’t really want it to get in the way of our friendship.
It is my opinion, if you want to surround yourself throughout your life with people that have the same opinion, you’ll have a very slanted view of life. None of us have all the answers and I think most of us are trying to get enough honest information about things to make an educated decision. An old buddy of mine back in Thunder Bay used to tell me I was an idiot if I didn’t agree with him and I always told him, that he had his opinion, and so did I and we should just agree that we were both entitled to our opinions.
At this stage of my life I would rather sit around a coffee and talk about things with people whose opinions I value and then maybe later digest what they’ve said. Maybe it will make a difference or maybe it doesn’t, but I can tell you one thing it gives you a good connection to the people that you value.
I Love my friends and family and I value their opinions and the things we talked about, I would just rather keep that off social media and around a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Enjoy your friends and family this Christmas keep them all close as true friends are hard to find.