It’s hard to take a stance, stick to that stance and make it known.
Feathers get ruffled, people turn up their noses and others give you a pat on the back and a job well done.
I don’t usually let my opinion be known because of those very reasons. It’s easier to just sit back and let the world turn around you while keeping your mouth shut.
I actually dreaded starting this column.
I rather write about facts or a light-hearted feel good story any day.
The good news is that my opinion is solely that — my opinion and no one else’s.
My opinion changes and evolves, and I don’t think that makes me a hypocrite. That makes me someone who’s willing to grow and change as life goes on.
I’ve also formed opinions on matters that I used to never even think twice about.
I don’t expect to change anyone’s opinion by voicing my opinion, and I honestly don’t even expect anyone to care.
In my job, I’m forced to look at everything from both sides, and I feel like I’ve been gifted to use that ability in all aspects of life.
Regardless of how I feel about one thing or another, I’m always willing to look it at from both sides.
I see where the other person is coming from.
I recently wrote a column about the controversy surrounding statues, and in doing so, I may have not only ruffled some feathers but singled out a group of our readers.
I’m not against statues, but when someone tells me they’re hurting, I feel like we should stop and listen.
Maybe I’m too sentimental and maybe I grew up in a generation that focuses too much on feelings, but I feel like having a conversation can do no harm.
Resolutions begin with a conversation.
Share your side of the story, help them understand where you’re coming from, and find middle ground.
And, this applies to all aspects of life, not just statues.