This weekend I spent a lot of time on the roads with me, my running shoes and my thoughts. Oh, and podcasts. Podcasts that got me thinking. I listened to a few different ones (stay tuned for post on my favorites later this week) but most episodes focused on respecting other people’s choices and opinions.
A few highlights from the interviews in the episodes…
-Some people loved running tons of miles. Others felt better lifting weights.
-Some people felt their best eating Paleo. Others found the diet too restricted.
-Some people enjoyed exercising with a group of people. Others preferred working out alone.
The basic point? We are all different.
The deeper message? What we do, eat and believe is not inherently better than what anyone else does, eats and believes.
My takeaway? Respect others.
If you have read blogs for any length of time, you know that bloggers are opinionated (but, really, all people are). While our blogs are ours and we are free to write what we want, I think we should try being informed rather than opinionated. We should be accepting of other’s beliefs rather than critical. We should be open to hearing other people’s choices and reasonings because, isn’t that how grow as people? By being challenged and learning new things?
Just because you despise a certain food/workout/fashion trend/movie/fill-in-the-blank doesn’t mean everyone else should. More than that, you shouldn’t attack them for having that opinion. Respect what they believe and move on. Sure, you may not understand why someone else does what they do, but that makes life interesting. It sparks curiosity and opens our minds to other possibilities.
It all boils down to the golden rule: If you want others to respect your choices, you have to reciprocate the action. In blog comments, posts, on social media and, of course, in real life. Attacking people does no good. If anything, it defines who you are.
Just some food for thought on this Monday…