The other day, I was discussing some plans with a group of peers. It was a fun and productive discussion. Not until, we reached a topic wherein we all had different views. Various suggestions and plans were put on the table, and we were trying to reach an agreement. However, in instances like this, when everyone feels to be in the right disposition, immediate resolution of the matter may seem far-fetched.
In this digital age where social media is the medium of interaction, you would see that people are very opinionated. They have a stance on practically everything. From the clothes their favorite celebrities wear to the controversial headlines, they freely express what they feel. The sad part though is when conflict of ideas arise, some people are not open to receive criticism, thus the exchange of thought results in conflicts.
We are all entitled to express our own opinion, although it will not hurt if we are also open minded and teachable. Be willing to be taught. It is in the exchange of ideas where learning emanates. Acknowledge other people’s wisdom and learn from it. If they are proven to be right, comply. Obedience is not a sign of weakness but of strength. You follow because you respect and recognize authority and you want to be better. It is also a sign of humility. An acknowledgment that “I do not know everything” but I am willing to learn.
It is in our openness to learn, that we will grow. A famous quote by American Writer Anthony D’Angelo says “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” Start the learning process — Listen — Be open to learning and Grow.