I used to like to express my opinions but now I’m more about sharing my thoughts. I had to learn a better way because there is enough fighting and arguing, no need to add to it.
When you toss your opinion out for others to read there will be two responses, those who agree and those who disagree. It will start fights with those who disagree and nothing productive comes out of having people agree with you other than more people on “your side”. Either way you have only added to the problem.
We don’t need sides, we don’t need “us against them”, we need just “us”. We need discussions, not arguments. The way that comes about is like this; share your thoughts in a way that encourages thought instead of provoking a response. It’s not hard to do, you just take the emotion out of your words because if there is anger behind them, it will come though.
Also, present your viewpoint without expectation. People of differing views may not get what you say but they will hear you and be able to think on it. Most arguments start because viewpoints are blatantly thrown out there and because people expect the others to agree with them. If you believe what you believe, be at peace with that. People are drawn to peace but are pushed away by anger. Anger will never convince someone that you are right.
Keep in mind that some people just like to fight no matter what you say or how you say it. It’s because they are unhappy with themselves and their life, that’s their problem not yours. You can’t fix others, but you can fix you and you can make the world a better place by what you say and how you say it. – Coov
I have always been fascinated with power. It’s a major rush to twist a throttle and have a 600 pound motorcycle stand up on one wheel or to pull a trigger and feel the explosive recoil of a firearm. It’s awesome to stand next to a car with a built engine feeling the ground pound and hearing the thump in your head. There are other examples, so toss your own into the mix.
Those types of power can be had by anyone. All you have to do is sell time out of your life in exchange for money to buy the power item of your choice.
There isn’t anything wrong with having any of the things above, but now I’m more impressed with the powers that are free, the ones that no amount of money can buy. The power of compassion, of love, of respect, of understanding, of kindness, of generosity and the power of laughter. These are the things that have the potential make the world an awesome place. Ironically, the things you have to sacrifice to buy only benefit you and your ego while the things that are free benefit everyone, including yourself.
There is another power that I have a deep respect for and that is the power of nature. Nature has the ability to heal minds, soothe broken hearts and calm nerves. It also has the power to take back anything built in its path. That second power keeps me humble and reminds me of my place on this earth. It reminds me that I am a minuscule part of creation, not the center of it.
It’s important to think about the powers that you consider most valuable and how they benefit you and those around you. There are those things that are fun and those that are meaningful. They are all good, but balance is most important. – Coov