I frequently say, jokingly of course, "Opinions are like noses, everyone's got one, and most of them smell." Having an abundance of opinions of my own, for many years I was not terribly open to others' opinions. In some cases I would cling desperately to my opinion, irrationally fearful that it my opinion was wrong, I was wrong and therefore flawed and subject to rejection.
While you may not be like this, many people are. Many opinions are not shared for fear of rejection, or being "wrong." Sadly, these opinions are often well-grounded, having the potential to inspire positive change. And then there are those who spout their opinions as if they were the absolute truth; fact, or law. Unfortunately, these too have the power to influence.
What is an opinion, anyway? The dictionary tells us it is a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty; also the formal expression of a professional judgment. Some opinions stand on solid ground of knowledge, wisdom and experience while others stand on the shifting sands of ego, a desire to control and self-will.
What makes one opinion valuable and another worthless? Let us consider the source. In Unity we say that the mind is the connecting link with God. We also teach that the mind is pivotal, having the ability to focus on the Divine or the worldly. Our thoughts and opinions can be lofty or low.
As important as it may be to share our opinion it is equally important to discern its' origin and value before speaking. Where did it come from? What is it based on? Why do I want to share it? What is the possible outcome of sharing my opinion? Is my intention for good outcomes for all?
An unspoken opinion is impotent. Some opinions are better left unspoken, others not so much. We each have the power to change the world for the better. When we share our opinion we express, or "press into manifestation" an idea. This idea may resonate with like-minded others, or it may open the door to exploration of other similar or dissimilar ideas. In any event it becomes empowered; potent!
But how do we share opinions in a way they will be considered? The answer; humbly and without attachment to the outcome. If we see our opinion as a possibility rather than infalible fact we open the door of exploration and serious consideration.
What if you're wrong? No problem! Get a new opinion. Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity said, "I reserve the right to change my mind according to my ever-unfolding awareness." We are all growing and learning and changing.
Oh...and about those "other" opinions? Just as we want our opinions considered, so do others. The more open we are to hearing and considering others' opinions the more we can learn and grow, AND the more open they will be to hearing ours!
One of Fillmore's definitions of "sin" included "frustrated potential." You have great potential! Share it...but share it humbly and without attachment, and watch your world change for the better!
And THAT, my friend is MY opinion. May your day be blessed and beautiful. RevAli