Daniel sat in a lonely park bench. He was enjoying the view of the pigeons and he was also enjoying the cool evening breeze.
An elderly man walked in front of the bench that Daniel was comfortably seated on and said, “What is this world coming to?
Daniel looked at the elderly man and smiled politely and said, “Good evening, sir.”
The elderly man pointed frantically to one of the headlines in the newspaper that he was holding and said, “Police should kill all of those bandits. They do not deserve to be tried in court.”
Daniel instinctively knew, that the elderly man was fed up with the rise in the crime rate.
What the elderly man was unaware of was that Daniel was once a bandit. He had robbed a few stores when he was a teenager.
When Daniel entered into his early twenties, he made the decision to change his life around. He got himself a job and he started going to church.
Daniel listened to the elderly man’s words attentively. He wanted to tell the elderly man that he was wrong, but he chose to remain quiet.
The elderly man grinned and said, “Why can’t they be law-abiding citizens like you? Have a nice evening, son,” and walked off.
A part of Daniel knew, that he should have told the elderly man that he was a former bandit and that he had changed his life around. He also wondered if the old man would have changed his mind about the police killing all bandits with fatal gunshot wounds. But, it was too late for that, because the elderly man already went his merry way.
You Have The Right To Express Yourself
Dear friend, you have every right to express yourself.
Because, how would people know what is on your mind if you do not express yourself?
You do not have to be impolite when you are expressing yourself. You can discuss things in a very diplomatic manner.
Your opinion like everyone else’s, deserves to be heard.
Do you ever express yourself whenever you are faced with a conflicting point of view?
Or, are you the type of person who keeps their mouth shut whenever they are faced with a conflicting point of view?
Get Over The Fear Of Ridicule
A lot of people hate being ridiculed by others.
People usually ridicule others when they have a disagreement on the following things:
There are other topics that people can get themselves ridiculed on; but it would be futile to mention them all.
So, what if someone ridicules you for having a different point of view?
Does it really matter?
No, it does not (Unless, you are one of those people who like to be right all of the time).
Never forget, that Noah was ridiculed by others when he was building the Ark (People only took his words seriously when the flood came).
Simply say your part and let the other person say and believe whatever they desire.
We Can Learn A Lot By Engaging In Dialogues
I always encourage peaceful dialogues, because it helps us to gain a greater understanding of each other’s point of view.
A person might say, “WordPress is rubbish!”
And, you might ask that person, “Please tell me the reason why you think that WordPress is rubbish?”
The person will proceed to tell you the reason why they think that WordPress is rubbish.
You will obviously listen to what he has to say.
After the person has shared their perspective, you can politely point out the flaws in their statement.
And, if the person learned that the real problem was a mere technical glitch, they would thank you for bringing it to their attention (You have changed their opinion — they no longer believe that WordPress is rubbish).
I have learned new things by engaging myself in dialogues with various people (And, there is a very high probability, that you also learned a lot by engaging yourself in dialogues with other people).
Engaging in a dialogue, requires that you share with others the things that have on your mind.
People Will Get To Know You Better
One of the nice things about sharing whatever it is that you have on your mind is, that people will get to know you better.
People should know were you stand — they should know some of the things that you are for and against (By doing so, you give them an insight into your personality).
You have made it clear to them (via sharing your opinion), what type of person you are.
If they know that you are totally against alcohol consumption, they are not going to invite you to hang out with them this coming Friday at a bar.
So, allowing people to know you better, can actually be a very good thing.
Your Self-Confidence Will Improve
Having a willingness to share what is on your mind with others will result in a boost of self-confidence.
You will no longer be afraid to share with others whatever it is that you have on your mind.
Please note, that people will listen to you; but they will not always agree on everything that you say (Which is to be expected).
And, once your self-confidence has skyrocketed due to sharing whatever it is that you have on your mind, you might want to consider the following occupations:
- Being a politician.
- Being a public speaker.
- Being a radio or a television host.
- Being a very provocative self-hosted blogger.
So, having self-confidence is an asset.
Are you fearless enough to share the things that are on your mind with others?
Luckily for me, I am not afraid to share the things that are on my mind with others (For the record, my method is one that involves a lot of diplomacy).
If you want people to listen to you, it is required of you, to put things across in a manner that is most receptive to others.
So, are you going to share with others the things that are on your mind from now on?
Or, are you going to keep those rather interesting thoughts of yours to yourself?
Please tell me all about it via the comments section of my blog and thank you for reading!