Could it actually be OK to disagree?


Agree, disagree, does it really matter?

I have to warn you. This post is a bit of a diversion from the norm for us. It’s actually more of a rant which we typically avoid here. But I just couldn’t help it. There is something that has been bugging me for a while and I’ve come to a point where I’ve just had enough.

Will this post make a difference. Globally speaking, probably not. But if it inspires just a few, and that spreads to a few more, and a few more… well, you get the picture.

So here’s my rant. For better or worse.

I hope I don’t turn off too many of our readers, but I just need to voice what has  been bottling up inside me for some time now. Here it goes…

I recently watched a video on Facebook of some people doing what looked like a good thing for an animal in distress. It seemed harmlesss enough, but then I started to read the comments which were endless critiques about how they should have done it differently or shouldn’t have done anything at all.

Can we just stop?

Stop acting like we have the right answer when we don’t know all the facts, when our perspective is from the view of a smart phone that’s shows just a glimpse of what’s going on.

Can I just say…

I am so sick and tired of everyone on social media constantly playing armchair quarterback. When did we all become experts in everything?

Whether it’s simple videos like this one, politics or the police, suddenly we all know what is right and anyone who disagrees with us is wrong.

I’m reminded of how much I enjoyed debate in school. Having an intelligent conversation with someone with an opposing view. When did that become taboo? Why do we feel everyone else needs to share our views on everything? And why do we feel the need to make sure everyone knows it?

It may be too late, but I’m hoping some of you read this message as a wake up call that it’s ok to disagree. It’s ok to be different. Imagine how this world would look if everyone looked the same, spoke the same, thought the same.

That’s not a world I want to live in.

I’ll go ahead and stop rambling now and get to my point.

Number 1: Let’s start embracing and celebrating our differences.

Number 2: Stop trying to force me to agree with you on every issue. I’m not going to. And you know what? That’s not a bad thing!

Number 3: Before criticizing others from your limited perspective, deal with your own junk, issues, crap -whatever you want to call it, first. That should keep you busy for a while. Like, for your lifetime.

Sorry that sounded harsh, but it’s true. We should be spending our lives growing, stretching, expanding our comfort zones. Doing things that scare us. Embracing people who are different. I don’t think this life is meant for simply existing.

I believe we are all put on this earth with a purpose. Some are called to teach. Some to heal. Some to create and innovate. But I also believe there is one over-arching calling that is the same for all of us. And that is to make a positive impact on the lives we touch.

So, can we stop lashing out at people who do things differently than we do? Can we stop being ridiculous and getting angry at people who have a different point of view? Can we instead start thinking about how we can use our gifts to positively impact the lives around us?

Here’s my challenge to you today. And please leave a comment on this. If you don’t want to create a login with our website, that’s fine. Just share this post on Facebook or Twitter and leave your response there.

Ask yourself, “What can I do today to make a difference in my family, my community or the world?”

Let’s change the narrative by creating a viral string of comments about making a difference instead of the typical comments highlighting intolerance and hate.

I challenge you to share this post and add how you plan to make a difference.

I’ll finish with one of my favorite quotes from Bob Goff, “live in grace, walk in love”.

If we all extended a little more grace and loved a little more, what would that world look like?

Thanks for listening and please don’t forget to share how you plan to make a difference.

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About the author, Brent

Brent is a social media marketing consultant and founder of Smart.Strategic.Social. in Frisco, TX. He has 15 years experience in graphic design and advertising as well as certifications with Digital Marketer and Hootsuite. Brent is also the co-founder of the Impactful Entrepreneurs Community on Facebook where growing entrepreneurs can connect and collaborate with other business owners.

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