Not because you were fickle or flaky or waffling. But because you genuinely entered into a conversation, or a debate, or an educational experience of some kind willing to listen to, willing to hear, another opinion? What’s your posture when you realize you don’t agree? Defensive, attacking, angry? Or do you immediately go into sales pitch mode?
It doesn’t have to be something huge: a type of food, a fashion style, a favorite color, a book series. Or maybe it is bigger: a person’s reputation, a political ideology, or even a religious belief.
This isn’t a plea for anyone to be spineless or without conviction. Or to throw discernment out the window. But a reminder that we were created to be malleable, to move, to shift, and to grow. And we live in a world full of people who – when we’re willing to listen – have something to teach us.
Are you listening?