All through your life – you have to do something. Study something, learn something, work somewhere and marry someone. Although what I have outlined are major life decisions – everyday we make hundreds of small decisions that will not impact our life in such a grand scale but nevertheless will be a plus or minus to the current scheme of things. So, what to do with the countless decisions and innumerable opinions on them? It’s best to remember the definition of OPINION –
a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge
And, it is important to re-iterate that opinions are not necessarily based on FACT or KNOWLEDGE. By far, from what I have observed – Opinions largely depend on the person who is making them, influenced by their life experiences and knowledge or lack of. So, how much should you value other’s opinions?
Listen to everyone. Follow no one ~ Anonymous
Always LISTEN, with an intent to listen not to dispute or prove the other person WRONG. After listening, think through if the Opinion makes any sense for you, or is it just something they are telling themselves aloud? Mostly, it’s the other way round. Is there something that can be better by implementing the opinion? Think Through and filter well. At first, the entire task looks tedious but it’s a great way to subjectively analyze unscientific opinions and either accept/ reject them.
A better way to evaluate opinions is to calmly reflect or meditate upon them to understand the root cause. My days are much better after understanding where people’s opinions come from.
On closing note, I would like you to leave you with a single thought –
“If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
And another of my favorite –
“Don’t judge a man by his opinions, but what his opinions have made of him.”
― Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Have a good day and keep rocking!!