I Have Strong Opinions

That’s what someone told me this afternoon. It was followed with an opportunity to write an article for a publication.

I was then flattered to get an opportunity to write. I am just amazed at the opportunities that are available. I have a handful or writing projects and they keep coming, but that’s not what I wanted to share on this post.

When I first heard that I had strong opinions, I was a bit startled. I was startled that someone had said it, but even more startling was my reaction to it. I winced. I didn’t like it at first. I got defensive and reacted, and I am not sure why. In fact, my reaction caused the person to say, “I don’t mean that in a bad way.” But for whatever reason, I went there instead of thinking that otherwise.

What had I said? What did I communicate that caused someone to think this?

The initial reaction has worn off. I’ve thought about it a bit. I like it. At least you know where I stand on things if I have strong opinion. I’ve thought through them, and I share them.

Hopefully, I’m open though. Strong could still mean wrong. Strong could definitely mean “mine,” and I need to be open to new ideas and open to the idea that strong opinions doesn’t mean that I make them your opinions. Then we move into the realm of bad opinions.

That’s just my opinion.

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