It’s one word seldom asked. It is a sentence all in itself but rarely spoken.
Why have we stopped asking the good and needed question?
I think if you find yourself asking this one questions, you may not need to ask another.
Opinions are much like assholes, everyone indeed has one. Now before you (the reader) potentially take offense to my language, ask yourself if that phrase is true. I bet all the money that I don’t have you say it is.
You may have thoughts on my language choice. You may even have thoughts all together on me if you are lucky enough to know me beyond anything I ever write or share publicly or personally with you. And it may sound like a great thing to sit me down and say, “Hey. This is what I think about what you are doing or how you are living or thi is how I think you are feeling.”
If you start there…before you start here with my heart…you will miss out and most likely, if I am not in the best of places…
Shut me down.
I know I am not the only one.
Because I have done this TO others. I have interjected my thoughts and opinions FIRST and the ramifications have been deadly.
And there is no influence when the doors are closed.
Here is what I am discovering from experience and much introspection:
When this happens, my heart often feels judged before I have even had a chance to share it WITH you. And I do not know about you, but if you want me to share my heart with you AFTER THE FACT…
WHY am I sharing any of this?
Because it just may be one of the very most important things I have ever realized about hearts and communication, therefore relationship building.
Asking questions is a great conversation starter. It shows you are trying to understand and your digging shows me you are actually interested IN me instead of just giving your opinion or asserting your potential need to be right. It also may even help me dig myself. Maybe your question is one I have not even thought to ask. WHO KNEW!
I say this to you.
I say this to me.
Because relationships are pretty damn important. So are our hearts. There is nothing an open heart cannot do. It can accomplish anything it sets its mind to. So rather than pelting each other with our opinions or worse, our assumptions and judgements, of one another, how about if we start with a question.
If we say we care and if we mean well deep down in our hearts, it’s as good a place an any to begin.