Even among family members, it is rare to find a person with whom we are in 100% agreement about every like, dislike, issue or belief. Our differences are what form a rich relationship, and that furthers our opportunity for growth. Nevertheless, in the current climate, it seems that there is little to no room for us to “agree to disagree,” or to accept that others are entitled to thoughts, positions, and opinions that differ from our own.
I know of spouses, parents and children, siblings, and treasured friendships whose relationships are torn apart because of conflicts arising from differing views on a range of topics. Civility suffers, and rancor abounds. This quote reminds me that there are other options should we chose to look at them.
Each of us is an amalgam of the different experiences, roles, challenges, and ideals that we’ve encountered on our life journey. Both the good and bad has formed the person that we are today. The same holds true for others.
In most cases, it is doubtful that there is not some common ground between any two people. We are multifaceted individuals with much to share with others. Perhaps, if we chose to look at those aspects of others that enrich us and open us to new ideas, we can discover common ground upon which to base a strong relationship. We needn’t agree on everything to enjoy a close and loving connection. Respect is essential to that connection. At least, that is my hope.