Week 5 I Have No Opinion
This week, one of my new assignments is to give NO OPINIONS….verbally. I’m to be the “non-judgmental OBSERVER”. If someone asks me for my opinion directly I can give a response, but it must be positive and kind.
I asked my wife today if she knew how many times the average person speaks their personal opinion generally about something or someone in a day? Before my wife could answer I said “A TON of times!” You know what I mean….for example, that woman in the car next to me that can’t hold a constant speed and keeps speeding up and slowing down while chatting away on her cell phone….I said aloud ”maybe if she wasn’t yapping away on that cell….um, wait, I have no opinion. I have no opinion. I have no opinion. I have no OPINION!” I’ve programmed myself, unknowingly, to verbalize my opinions (most always negative ones) about other people’s bad driving habits. What a Hypocrite I am. Who am I to judge? I’m not a perfect driver.
I’ve been an observer this week of other people’s conversations….loaded with opinions! Man, it is tough to bite your lip. I’d like to chime right in and agree or disagree with the topic at hand, but I think to myself “I have no opinion.”
Og Mandino, in “The Greatest Salesman in the World” writes “I am slave to my habits. My actions are ruled by appetite, passion, prejudice, greed, love, fear, environment, habit, and the worst of these tyrants is habit. For it is another of nature’s laws that only a habit can subdue another habit.”
So, I’m on a mission…..that mission is to dramatically reduce my negative, verbal opinions and replace them.
I hope you’re having a great week.
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