Did you take a good look at the picture above?? I like this picture. For me it tells everything about our NO OPINION-assignment for this week. Yes, you’ve read it right. We got the assignment to not think and express any opinions this week, no positive ones and no negative ones. Not expressing can already be challenging in my perspective 😉 but also not thinking in my mind without expressing it, verbally or non-verbally, well that is also challenging.
What is an opinion? The Cambridge dictionary gives the following explanation: an opinion is
C) a judgment about someone or something
Oh, it wasn’t that easy this week, not having an opinion. In all honesty I failed several times, and even laughing at myself about this. During several conversations this week I wondered, how can I react to what the other person is saying without giving an opinion to that. I got more aware again, how easily I have an opinion. For me the most challenging ones are the ones expressing my sympathy for the situation the other person is in. For an example in one conversation with a friend who is not feeling that well right now and the doctors presume a certain illness. One of my first reactions is that it’s not good news. Hmmm, yes this is an opinion I have. This is a thought or belief I have about that illness and also that a group of people have. Does my opinion count for that other person? Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. Does it change the situation for that person? Does it make that person feeling better about what is going on? Does my opinion enable the other to express their true thoughts and feeling? No, if I think about it further it isn’t. My opinion doesnt’t contribute to that. It’s seen from my perspective, not the perspective of the other person.
So “work on progress” on this matter for the coming week, not having and expressing an opinion and having fun with it. Resulting in being more conscious about what is going on in my mind and enabling others to express their true thoughts and feelings. ❤
Have a great week!