Opposing Views


I am simultaneously reading a biography of a very conservative founding father and watching a television show about a very liberal President. The men seem to have so little in common but there are many similarities.

Here are a few of the things I notice.

Communication is the key. Information is disseminated and discussed. If misinformation is given wrong decisions are often made.

The leaders in both scenarios listen carefully to those with whom he agrees and disagrees.

Both are courteous but firm in their convictions.

Often the people on the same side disagree about the best way to go about accomplishing a goal, sometimes loudly and vehemently. When cool heads prevail they realize that working together is the most effective way to achieve the end result.

Compromise is often necessary.  (I am not talking about morals or values.)

Rigidity creates a stalemate.

Both stick to the issues at hand without name calling or bullying.

The wisdom of trusted associates was relied on heavily by both men. On occasion the advisors had to have difficult discussions with the individuals they were advising. There was often heated respectful debate.

This got me thinking about my life.

I am grateful for the people in my life that love me enough to offer an opinion when asked and tell me, not necessarily what I WANT to hear but, what I need to hear.

Just this week I received a brief email from a dear friend reminding me to be faithful in the little things. I appreciated that succinct reminder.

Do you have people in your life that will tell you the truth?

Are you willing to do that for close friends and family members when necessary?

Gratefulness matters!

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