The art of having an opinion without being an ass…

Being polarizing has the function of dividing things into sharply opposing factions, or groups, or to give polarity.  In the process of being more vocal and allowing my true, authentic self be heard I am realizing that there are times that I am just an ass. I have to step back and realize that having an opinion does not mean that I need to force that view on others, and I need to rephrase things since my true intention is not to be rude. I have spent a number of days trying to figure out how to write this post and not have it become a rant about something that I went through recently on Twitter. In fact, forget I mentioned that. I am moving on and so should we all…

Everyone has heard the old phrase that opinions are like a typically smelly part of one’s anatomy (I’ll let you decided what will be used in this case). Everyone has one, most of the time they stink…  All of us have things that we hold to be true and those firmly held beliefs make us want to fight for our ideas to be heard. I guess my point is, I am still trying to figure out how to voice my firmly held beliefs while having a respectful discourse. I want it to be understood that when I express my opinion, I am not going out of my way to say that all other views are wrong, I am just stating what I believe. The idea that we have to pull punches, that we should not be polarizing because people might be offended, is kind of ridiculous since those who go around looking for a reason to be offended will always find one.

Final thoughts…

Please know I am not going to pull punches, nor am I going to apologize unless I firmly believe that what I said was incorrect. I have also found that when I have something that I need to say that it can be perceived as a judgment, and I will strive to say those things in a private setting. I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Tell me about a time that you said or did something like this. Please hit me up on Twitter, or leave a comment.