Diametrically Opposed

My beliefs do not dictate how you live. They inform me about how I should live and help guide me through my everyday. We can have different beliefs and still be friends. I know that seems strange in our current state of vitriolic, anger-filled, self absorbed, echo chambers where people only seem to hear what they want to hear and appreciate only viewpoints that agree with theirs. We’re all guilty of that at times. Birds of a feather flock together, even though according to Newton, opposites attract.

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If how I live encourages you, great. Maybe you decide you want to have whatever I have that makes me live life with a joyful resonance. Perhaps not. It doesn’t matter really. I have to live in accordance with my beliefs just like you have to live in tune with what you believe makes the world go round. Otherwise, we’re both just hypocrites living a lie.

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But at the end of the day, our differences don’t have to mean we can’t be friends. Maybe, if we take time to listen, we might discover our differences make us and the world we live in better.

Just a thought.

“Why Can’t We Be Friends?”~ War

Considering Others

Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself.
Philippians 2:3

Easier said than done, no doubt. I do have to wonder how applying this verse would impact how people do business with one another. The web has made it easy to be a critic and simplified our ability to be mean to one another, spewing hatefulness and discord. Not that we shouldn’t disagree with one another. Not that we shouldn’t celebrate our differences. But at our core, most of us are more alike than we are different. None of us are perfect. No one is always right. All of us want to be loved. I believe you can do that without compromising your values, principles and beliefs. Keep on keeping on.