Your Opinion Sux
No matter what, everyone has one.
As someone I knew used to regularly state, "Opinions are like butt-holes; everyone has one, and they all stink.
(Prepare for oxymoron)
In my opinion, if everyone quit offering their opinion, we could all live together on this planet in a better way.
So, how exactly do we stop offering opinions?
Since I am the one who is opening up the opinion "can o' worms," I will attempt to use myself as the example throughout this hub.
In reading my hubs, you will probably notice that I do have opinions on many subjects.
At this point, I need to back-track and say that shutting off opinions all together will probably never happen. It is how our governmental process works; it is how media works.
I believe social media has been a huge factor in this opinion giving problem.
Daily there are relationships hurt or broken because of comments and opinions. People trying to "fix" other people.
Essentially, we want people to do things our way. Really now, is our way working?
Yes, we all have experiences that others can learn from, but it is how we share them. If we tell people you should do it this way, they immediately will get defensive. If we share a situation in our life in story fashion that shows what we learned, it doesn't come off as advice or an opinion.
In all honesty, I am tired of seeing people who offer their opinions and turn around and do the opposite. Or they don't look in the mirror to see if what they are saying makes sense.
"You need to color your hair," coming from a person who is going bald from putting to many chemicals in theirs.
"You need to learn how to save money," from the person who borrows $10 every other week for gas money.
"You need to quit smoking," from the person who drinks a 12 pack of Budweiser every night.
"Isn't it time you cut your hair?" From the one who is 100 pounds overweight, and wears spandex.
I believe you probably see my point.
Don't get me wrong here; I have been guilty of these opinions too. (I don't wear spandex though)
The Better Choice
I have learned to keep a huge majority of my opinions to myself.
The fact is: we cannot change anyone; the only person we can change is ourselves.
As a person who gets deluged in opinions, I have learned to first laugh at the source of the opinion (not to their face, but inside myself). I will then open both ears and allow that opinion to fly straight through. That is for opinions I didn't ask for.
There are times that I do ask for opinions from people I trust and respect on that certain subject. When I receive their opinions, I listen and store the information. I may not agree, but I do take it to "chew on."
I mentioned The Better Choice in the headline.
The court of public opinion is far and wide. The best answer is not opinion, it is seeking the answer from God. I believe there is an answer for every situation and problem within the Holy Scriptures. It is up to us to search the answer out.
Through prayer and reading the Bible, I find that life's rat-race can be managed. In many cases, the answers in the Bible go against public opinions. Maybe that is why I am considered a rebel.
I don't know about you,but as for me, I will follow the Lord and not a bunch of human opinions.
Wasn't it human opinions that crucified Jesus?
My opinion is:
Your opinion sux,
and for that matter,
my opinion sux too.
I will think before offering my opinion, will you?
© 2014 Greg Boudonck
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