Listening to the Other Side – The Value of an Opinion

Having opinions can always be risky business.

While variety may be the spice of life, and everyone always wants to weigh in on a topic or situation, the results can definitely vary.

Putting your opinion out there about what kind of burger you like is one thing.

Not too many people get offended over mustard choice or pickle quantity.

When it comes to clothing or house hold items, furniture, car choices. 

Again, these topics are relatively safe, highly opinionated and only mildly offensive.

These days, especially in recent years, opinions are a hot commodity.

Everyone has one and is ready to jump through fire to make it known.

Having an opinion is a completely valid and logical feeling.

Its normal.

We all have our preferences and are typically set in our ways.

We prefer our mornings to go a certain way, our hair a certain style and our friendship circles to be just so.

Our opinions are what gets us through the day. Its how we choose either left or right.

Its our choice.

However regardless of what our opinions may be, we need to respect that opinions are not fact.

Our opinions are merely feelings, not something derived from scientific research or evidence backed fact.

And while we may prefer to do such things as ride a motorcycle without a helmet, evidence will suggest that in the event you fall, wearing a helmet may save your life.

A prime example of where the median of an opinion and fact will not meet.

In business, contractors are very good and very knowledgeable when it comes to selling and offering their services.

While offers are often given based on previous factors and background knowledge, some of the things provided are based on opinion.

There is no right or wrong when it comes down to opinions, but there can be good way and a better way to do things.

Often the real challenge isn’t the fact or opinion in question – but rather finding a middle ground between the two sides.

The year 2020 has run the gauntlet of opinions.

Two sides – or more, fighting uphill battles on a seemingly endless array of topics.

Just as we think that we may be cresting the hill on the latest battle, off in the distance is the next just about to peak.

Unfortunately finding the middle ground lately is the hardest task.

We are taking our opinions hostage. Holding them at ransom against all odds.

We stand firmly in our beliefs and principles and refuse to back down.

Right or wrong we won’t be swayed.

We are blinded by our confidence and find great difficulty in hearing any other option.

Standing steadfast in our beliefs isn’t wrong.

We ought to hold tight to the things we believe in and the things that get us through.

However, understanding that there is value in other peoples words, other peoples beliefs and other peoples thoughts – this is where healthy relationships start to flourish.

This is where we find that sweet middle ground and conversation can flow.

Opinions are shared and heard.

We can learn the value of where the other is coming from and perhaps gain some insight into thoughts and beliefs that were at one point a closed topic.

Opinions are important.

Everyone should have them.

But at the same time, never leave the door closed on the opinion of others.

If everyone was kinder, gentler, and more understanding – the negativity will wash itself out and then can we truly move forward.

The two sides can work more cohesively as one, armed with a multitude of options and opinions to fight together as a team.






Guest Blogger Rayna Davies

Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management.  She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security.  Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details.  These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities.  She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration.  Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.