THOUGHTS

Two thoughts today which tie nicely together!After you’ve read them, please give them some thought as to how the apply to your life today.We all have the right to be us. We are each entitled to an opinion but need to express it to others in a proper way. And, we can’t please all of the people all of the time even if we wanted to!Choose a fabulous Friday!! luvToo much agreement kills a chat.~Eldridge CleaverMany of us haven’t learned there is room for disagreement in a relationship. Some men who grew up in addicted families saw a lot of pain, anger, and quarreling. Many learned to be always pleasing and agreeable, no matter how they felt. Others took it as a personal insult when someone disagreed with them.We choke the vitality and excitement in our love relationships if we are too intent on avoiding conflict. Nothing can be resolved if we smooth everything over. Differences between people don’t just go away. If we don’t bring them out, they fester and create silent tension or boredom. If we willingly express our thoughts and feelings, we can learn how to resolve our disagreements and to appreciate each other for our differences as well as our similarities. If two people in a relationship were exactly alike, one of them would be unnecessary.Today, I will try to be more open about my differences with people, not as a way of fighting, but as a way of letting them know me better.Share today’s gift via email, Facebook or Twitter.January 18Individuality”Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr. SeussBeing an individual is very hard. I catch myself frequently trying to please the crowd at the expense of saying or doing what I believe is right. This saying of Dr. Seuss is offered to make us think, but it tends to be a generalization. Those who do mind also matter; indeed a life lived without healthy criticism would not be intellectually fertile. Also those who are important to our life are not always going to give us a pass. However, we can’t always please everyone, and in our dance in God some people will choose to sit it out!I am an individual and a member of society.

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