I’m in the process of catching up with my Blogging A to Z Challenge letters. Day 15 was the letter ‘O’ and I originally planned to pen something about Opinions. However my mom had open heart surgery and was progressing very quickly, then she had a set back and I thought, ‘One Step Forward, Two Steps Back.’
The other day I was talking to a friend of mine and both of us are quite opinionated. He, like most people of the male species have some bizarre, misguided notion that they are always right.
Fellas far be it from me to burst your bubble, but sadly you are not always right and you don’t know everything. It is not my opinion it is fact.
Anyway, back to how this topic made its way back into the challenge, I’m not going to go into detail because if I do it means I’ll have to tell you the whole sorted ugly story and why he’s now acting like a spoiled little girl and not talking to me.
We’re having a relatively pleasant conversation about this and that and then he gives his opinion on the topic at hand and I disagree and give him my thoughts and he blurts out, “You’re wrong!” Quite emphatically, I might add.
“Excuse me. How can my opinion be wrong?”
“It’s just wrong.”
“It’s an opinion. How can it be wrong?”
Pause. Pause. Pause. Sound of crickets chirping.
I tell him to please define the word, opinion, and that if he needed to consult a dictionary, I’d wait.
“You know what it means,” he says.
“Yeah, but I’m not sure you know what it means.”
Well hell, what in the world did I say that for? At that moment he told me he had to go. That usually means he has come to sudden realization that he has dug himself into a hole that he can’t get out of, and his best course of action is to retreat, pout, and be mad at me.
Oh well, he should know better than try and tango with me. (I don’t mean the dance. Although I would be much better at it than him.) Not an opinion a fact on both fronts.
Is there a moral or a point to this story other than . . .?
What do you when someone tells you your opinion is wrong? Have you ever told someone that their opinion is wrong? What happened?
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I bet we’ve all been guilty of doing that at least once….or maybe twice 🙂