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I Agree with You.

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Yes, I’m talking to you!

Those 4 words are really powerful. Not only did they immediately make you open your ears and minds- but it instantly validated your thoughts. And that’s a great feeling.

So what’s the problem? Lately, all anyone hears is the exact opposite. Whether you realize it or not, when you turn on the TV, listen to the radio, scroll through social media, talk to a friend, a person standing behind you on a line, a parent a sibling or whoever, all you are hearing right now is.... We don’t agree. Even if it’s not in those exact words, that’s what we hear. That is a very unsettling feeling. Feeling as though we are just walking around in a sea of disagreeing, fighting and hate.

My problem is not with people disagreeing. That’s life. And quite honestly, life would be rather uninteresting if everyone agreed. Hearing other viewpoints on things or seeing other sides of a story or situation is what makes us all learn and grow into deeper, more balanced people. That is what makes groups of friends work, marriages last, children learn and businesses expand. Lots of different viewpoints coming together is magical.

My issue is this. The second someone- and I’m including myself in this “someone”, hears that someone disagrees with them about something major in life right now. Because let’s face it... there are A LOT of major things going on in life right now. Your ears and your mind shut down.

Whether we realize it or not, everything in life has been smushed together. Things that have no business going together. So now, when we hear that someone disagrees with us about one thing, we automatically, subconsciously, assume that they disagree about everything.

I can’t fix this. Boy do I wish I could! But instead, I thought maybe it would help if I made a simple list. A list of things that even people that disagree about most things will agree about.

Here we go...

1. The sky is blue.

2. We care about our loved ones.

3. The sun is bright.

4. Kids do best when they are in school.

5. Rainy days are wet.

6. We are naturally social beings.

7. Nighttime is dark.

8. We don’t want our friends and family to get sick.

9. Grass is green.

10. We miss our friends and family.

11. Snow is cold.

12. We want normal life back.

See that, I was able to list a dozen indisputable facts. I’m pretty sure whatever side you stand on in any of the controversy of life right now, you would agree with all of those things.

So now I can say, I agree with you! Whoever you are!

This is NOT political. This is NOT medical.

This IS emotional. Let’s come together. I agree with you.

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