Even If You Are Wrong

There’s a huge difference between

“You’re not listening to me”

and

“You’re not agreeing with me”.

I can listen toΒ you, accept your point, not agree,

And still like and respect you.

Even if you are wrong.

I’M KIDDING.

But the truth is

I am listening even ifI'm Listening

I still have a different opinion.

And.That.Is.Okay.

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34 thoughts on “Even If You Are Wrong

  1. Heartafire says:

    I have just come from the blog of a blatant racist…so I cannot always disagree but remain “friends”. I guess there are always going to be exceptions.

    • Sadly Heart, that kind of thing is going to happen. Fortunately, there are more who do listen, acknowledge, and learn from one another, even if they disagree.

      Sorry for that exception.

  2. Sigh. It takes a real adult to do this. I believe I finally am. Thanks for the reminder. πŸ™‚

  3. That’s the only hope for peace on earth, civil communications and agreeing to disagree. Important one Colleen. Very important. ❀

  4. Victo Dolore says:

    Amen. Very well stated. πŸ™‚

  5. Very adult attitude…spread it around. ❀️ πŸ’› πŸ’š πŸ’™ πŸ’œ

  6. Very true but also very difficult to do. I wish more people could do it or would do it. This world would be a better place.

  7. taylormitch says:

    This is what makes relationships and friendships so valuable.

  8. tric says:

    I do try, but sometimes when I listen I do not like what I hear and it can mean I do not like who they are.

  9. Sadly, not so widely held a view as it used to be. But I am trying. I know because my wife tells me I am!

  10. ksbeth says:

    that is always okay –

  11. Ann Koplow says:

    This is more than okay. This is great.

  12. Yes Colleen, a great post!

  13. reocochran says:

    I listen and agree people can be of different opinions and stay friends. πŸ™‚ It is easier to remain coworkers if you learn to care about the person and try to understand them.
    Sometimes I have had to separate myself from a past friend, due to extreme differences. Sometimes the negative person becomes “toxic” and this is when I have to STOP listening.

    • Oh Robin, I’ve been hit with loads of ‘toxic’ before. We do need to know when to cut those ties don’t we?

      • reocochran says:

        Thanks for understanding this, Colleen. Only a rare few do I get totally disconnected, but knowing when to cut the ties is an invaluable way to increase our own lives.
        Listening may seem opposite from how I seem on my blog, since I may seem kind of “chatty” here. πŸ˜‰
        I have been pretty good at paying attention and really listening, knowing how it feels to have a true friend. It helps to “be” one. I can tell you are already able to listen (and sigh.) πŸ™‚

  14. Debra says:

    I absolutely love listening to people who disagree with me on issues or have differing perspectives. I sometimes am left a little frustrated, I admit, because the listening doesn’t always flow both ways! But it’s an excellent practice!

    • I am often frustrated as well. But I have to own, I am sure I leave others just as frustrated. I have a horrible habit of “listening to respond” instead of listening to understand. It’s something I’ve been trying to do better at. And, my blog is about my daily ‘stuff’. So, here’s to ongoing lessons. πŸ™‚

  15. And that’s what makes the world go round πŸ’–

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