I found this on Tumblr this week, and it really got me thinking. It also felt super applicable to several situations I’ve been in within the past 2/3 weeks or so.
I find myself getting frustrated with the actions of others. I notice the way people treat each other, I hear the things people say about one another, I see the dynamic of some friendships and question how that can even fall under the category of a friendship, I log onto Instagram and I see “recovery accounts” who are promoting such a false idea of eating disorder recovery; and I am left with this feel of aggravation. For the actions and opinions of others don’t align with my own. Will I stand firm in my opinion on what characteristics a good human should embody, how people should treat one another, how friendships should work, what eating disorder recovery should entail, and the false portrayal of recovery on social media? 100%. But just because someone else does not see eye-to-eye with me does not mean that I cannot respect them. It simply means we can agree to disagree.
I do not have to agree with someone to like or respect them. Respect and kindness is something that should be given regardless.
However, I am also finding power in speaking my mind. I have silenced myself in the past, and I am at a point in my life where I simply do not care how others perceive me. I have a lot of thoughts in my head that I want to share. I have the right to voice my opinion. I have the right to speak up at something if I do not agree with it or think it’s causing harm of some sort. There is nothing wrong in using my voice. It would be a shame if I didn’t, and it would be a shame if I did not speak up about the things that many people are afraid to (mental health, what’s wrong with social media, etc). We all have a mind with thoughts, opinions, different views… we all have the right to share these thoughts- with good intentions in mind, of course.
So yes, I am speaking my mind. Yes, I am expressing my opinions. But I am also recognizing that not everyone sees eye-to-eye with me. It is not fair to get angry with them or stop respecting them just because they hold a different opinion. What is fair is to agree to disagree, and move on with the understanding that you both think in a different way on a certain subject and recognizing that’s totally okay.
Speak up, the world needs the thoughts in your head released. Open up that throat chakra and remember to speak with love, gentleness, and good intention. Do not let anger and frustration get in the way of you and another’s relationship just because you have differing views. Remember to agree to disagree and to still spread good energy to this person regardless!! Use your voice and be authentic!!
Any thoughts on this?! Drop them below!! Would love to hear them. Happy weekend beautiful souls. <3 xoxo
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