“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
I recently witnessed an argument in my writer’s group between two people I respect tremendously. They got into an argument because the critiquer was absolutely sure that they were right about their opinion on what they were critiquing. The critiquee got understandably upset and insulted. Unkind words were exchanged.
It’s important to keep perspective on things and remember that your truth is not everyone’s truth. And while you’re entitled to your opinion, it’s best not to jam it down someone else’s throat. Strong opinions make the world a more interesting and diverse place. Being sure that your version of the truth is the “right” version does not add to the world; it subtracts.
Go forth and be kind this week.
“Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.”