I Can Listen

We often fear the things we don’t understand. Our brains are constantly looking for danger. Part of our brain’s job is to protect us and keep us alive, so it makes perfect sense. But sometimes our brain thinks things are dangerous that actually are not. Another person with a different opinion doesn’t need to be dangerous.

If I disagree with someone about vaccinations, masks, political parties or religious practices, I don’t need to be afraid. Rather than putting a wall up, I can respectfully ask questions. I can be curious about their decisions and what brought them there. I can remember why I love that person. I can remember all the things that tie us together. I can ask sincere questions to try to understand. They have their reasons and I want to make room for the journey they are on.

I don’t have to know all the answers. But I can listen.

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