My wife’s dad just passed away today (13-Mar-15) after just short of 7 years on dialysis. Her father wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so it’s been fascinating to see how people are responding, based on their experiences and perspectives.
It reminds me that we don’t all see the world the same way. Our views are shaped by our unique experiences and perceptions. Since no 2 people have the exact same experiences in life, it makes sense that people often have differing views.
I think we can get into trouble when we believe that our view, based on our own personal experience, is the only way to view a person or situation. If we’re not careful, we can do great damage to our relationships by trying to convince others that their perspective is wrong, and that we know, better than they do, how they should think and feel. We clearly don’t, and it would be arrogant of us to think otherwise.
The next time you’re in a situation where people have perspectives that differ from yours, realize that that’s ok. Not everyone will feel the same way you do about a topic or person, so allow people respond or have their own opinion, even if it’s different from your own. Who knows, you might gain a whole new perspective that changes your thinking.