"If you do not stand for something you will fall for anything".
Do not be afraid to speak your mind, to take a stand. That said try to listen to all sides and respect other people's opinions. Take it all in, take your time, then speak out.
The world if full of bullies and it is getting more political by the day. People are afraid to speak their minds in fear of retaliation. This is not good for you personally or for everyone in general.
We grow when we are able to take in all sides and try to understand where others are coming from. To shut them down or to not even to hear them out we will never learn. As I have said it past blogs, we all have a story and that story makes up how we view the world and decisions that we make every day. When we are able to take in other views and truly listen you may start to see it from another side. A side perhaps that we were not even privy to.
That is what democracy is, that is what relationships are all about.
When we push others away or make our own minds up before we hear it all out we all lose. It is hard sometimes, that is why it is best to not have knee jerk reactions to situations.
Stop, look and listen.
But above all do not be afraid to talk and to try to make a case, choose your time and the right place and venue.
Take it all in and speak out.
If the other is right in the end, say so. Either way shake hands and respect the other person. After all they are as adamant on their position as you are yours and that is good.
As General Pattern said to his Generals in one of their meetings, "if we are all thinking the same then we are not all thinking".
STAND FOR SOMETHING