Your opinion and setting an example, may be two different things.
I posted this meme on social media awhile ago, about your example vs your opinion. I received more engagement with this post than I ever have.
Just on FB alone, I shared it on my own page, business page and some other groups I’m in and I had almost 150 shares.
Because I’m paying attention to this, it indicates to me with that many shares and likes/loves, this topic really resonates with lots of people.
Hence. I thought it was time to share once again about this topic.
As I’m looking for others thoughts on this topic online, I came across these quotes:
” More by example than by word, my father taught me logical reasoning,
compassion, love of others, honesty,
and discipline applied with understanding.”
– Paul D. Boyer
” That’s all a person can hope for during their lifetime –
to set an example –
and when he is dead,
to be an inspiration for history.”
– William McKinley
To me it’s important if we’re voicing our opinion about anything, to be aware it is just that. Our opinion.
An opinion is formed by living life. Each of us come from different backgrounds and experiences don’t we? We all may have similar opinions or very different opinions, due to many choices we’ve made throughout our lives.
I’m reminded of the Universal Law of Relativity. It’s all relative and our thoughts and experiences about something, make it relative. You may have an opinion about how cold or hot the inside of your home is. Your spouse or loved one may have another opinion about what temperature to keep your home at in order for it to feel comfortable.
You relate one thing to another to form your opinion.
As the meme above says, “The World is changed by your example, not your opinion.”
What this tells me is, as you are truly coming from a place of kindness, love, joy, appreciation and compassion, you’re setting a good example.
When you really stop and pay attention to what you’re thoughts and feelings are throughout your day, you will be able to adjust them if you’re not coming from a place that would be a good example out in your world.
Our opinions come from our sum total of our experiences throughout our lives. If you know that your opinion is different than someone else you work with or live with, you can take a look at what those differences may be in a way that won’t hurt you or the other person. Find a compromise.
Then by your example, you’re showing those around you that things can come to a conclusion that may benefit both of you.
When you simply get stuck on only living from your own opinion, you’re disregarding the other person.
I do not talk about politics very often. Only as all of you know, our nation is coming up to an election.
Consequently, many have an opinion on each candidate. There has been division each election cycle. Only there’s much more this time.
Since many people responded to my meme above, it seems to me that most of us would like to set an example that will benefit others. And in turn, help ourselves live within love and respect.
One thing is for sure, as each of us take responsibility for ourselves , where we are coming from and what we are putting off in our own lives every day, setting the best example we can, our world will change.
I would love to hear from you. Reach out to me via email or if you’re reading this within my blog on my site, please leave me a comment with your thoughts. Share with me how you’ve been a good example consciously for our world.
Click the link to look at some of the ways I am consciously setting a good example:
With love and many blessings to you,
PS. I’m sharing the Emotional Scale with you again. Maybe you’re a visual person like myself and need a reminder each day of where you’re at on this scale. It helps to print this off and look at it often!