by Kathryn Jane
I disagree with lots of what goes by me on FB.
But instead of lashing out, shaking a finger or fist, unfriending or blocking, I sit back and wonder…
Why is this person’s opinion so different from mine?
How can she not see what I see?
Why does she not think like I think?
How can she be so wrong?
That’s when I stop and regroup.
That’s when I suddenly wonder if that person has the same reaction to what I post?
What if she thinks my opinion is way off the wall. My beliefs are out in left field.
What if she decides to unfriend me because my view of the world is so obviously different than the view she has?
Then I smile, thinking about the things we have in common. Things that have nothing to do with our religious or political beliefs. Things as simple as recognizing that although we differ in some really important ways we are still able to be friends. To enjoy other parts of what make us who we are.
And there lies the beauty of being able to disagree, without it being earthshattering and friend ending.
I thoroughly enjoy much about the people in my life who I disagree with “emphatically” over several subjects, and that, my friends, is just way cool.
What about you? Do you have friends with whom you carefully avoid some subjects? Or friends you actively argue with? I’d love to hear some of your stories, so please share!
Kathryn Jane, novelist, artist, educator.
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