Opinions….everyone has them and we spread them around as if they are the gospel truth. I have reached the point in life where I have to chuckle when I hear someone say to me “Well, in MY opinion…” because I know what will follow will most likely be the biggest pile of manure to be dropped. Why are we so free to offer that which has not been requested?
I remember in school being so worried about the opinions of others. Was I wearing the correct attire in the proper way? Is my hair coifed just right? Am I in the right classes? Did I just say something unsuitable? Can they see the pimples I tried to cover? Am I driving the “right” car? And on and on and on. Endless opinions to live up to and guess what? I failed miserably at every turn and spent my days in school as a miserable outcast, looked down upon by those whose opinions I had tried so hard to accommodate.
The same scenario carries over into the workplace. People have their opinions about everything. If you have ever worked in a “Customer Service” area, you know how opinionated people can be about the company you work for, you personally, your heritage, the chance that your parents aren’t even of the human species, and that donkey you, apparently, rode to work today. What about when your coworkers or supervisor begin showering you with their opinions? Should you worry? I speak not of the instructions given my the supervisor or the helpful assistance given by a coworker. Rather, the opinion on where you live, what you eat, how much you eat, what to wear or not wear, who to speak to, who to avoid, whose butt to kiss and whose to not. While these opinions can be irritating, they are merely words and should be treated as such…just words.
You see, if we spend our time and energy in the hamster wheel of trying to live up to the opinions of others, we will be exhausted, emotionally drained, miserable and frustrated. YOU are the one who has to choose whose opinion matters most to you! I have my opinion about that, but will keep it to myself. 🙂