You may have noticed the rigidity with which people hold positions over the past two years.
Gone are the days where two people could present their positions and have a discussion about the merits of each.
Instead we’re faced with censorious people, governments and media outlets who believe they, and only they, have the right to express their opinion and then force the rest of us to go along with it – often to the point of absurdity.
The ability to admit we made a mistake is one of the most powerful tools we possess.
When we rigidly and dogmatically defend a position we know is wrong, simply because we stated it publicly, is not the mark of a powerful person, but of a coward.It takes great strength of character to admit when we're wrong. But it's also the most freeing thing we can do for ourselves... Click To Tweet
It takes great strength of character to admit when we’re wrong. But it’s also the most freeing thing we can do for ourselves, because when we change how we think about a thing, we change that thing forever and to our benefit.
A sure sign you’re not being open to discussion is getting angry and/or calling the other person names.
In those moments, do everything you can to take a deep breath, take note of what’s happing inside you, and make the decision to behave differently.
Our world desperately needs more gratitude, love, joy and compassion, and it takes courage to change – especially in the hyper-partisan atmosphere we find ourselves in.