“You are so opinionated!”
Well, yes I am.
So are all of us.
I will not take that as
criticism. What it says
to me is that my opinion
is different from yours and
you are angry because you
cannot change my mind.

It is interesting that we
get angry at people who
disagree with us. Why do we
feel obligated to change
their minds?

It was so freeing when I
finally learned that I can
have my opinion and so can
you. I am who I am. Please
accept me as I am. I will do
the same for you. This is
what “unity through diversity”
is all about. Amen to that!

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20 Responses to Opinionated

  1. Anonymous says:

    hi. i want to cite this poem. but i am not sure of how to do so since there is no author. please help me.


    • Anonymous says:

      hi. i want to cite this poem. but i am not sure of how to do so since there is no author. please help me.


      • Pat Cegan says:

        Please cite it as from Source of Inspiration. You can link it that way, too, if you wish to reblog a specific poem(s). Your comment is anonymous so I can not address you by name. But thank you for your visit and interest. Hugs, pat


  2. Nina says:

    Thank you for this excellent post! Too often we think equality being sameness and try to treat everyone in the same way (I am a teacher, and my lens is always in education, sorry!). In reality we should embrace the individuality and allow diversity bring the empowerment.- for everyone in their own specific way – without first trying to change/equalize them and force them into the same mold, like clones….


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  4. Great poem as always and thought provoking! Some people feel threatened by different opinions as they have made sense of the world in their own way and can’t take the risk of entertaining different opinions. So, they get angry and try to make you feel stupid. Just say what you feel, those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind, don’t matter.


  5. daffobelle says:

    Wow this really struck me! Great post! I don’t take being opinionated as a criticism either, I accept that people define me as that. You give light to my question, ‘why people never understand and hate me for being an opinionated person?’ Expressing what’s in our mind is not a crime. I agree with you, it’s all about acceptance. Smart opinion you have!


    • Pat Cegan says:

      Expressing what’s in our mind is not a crime. I agree with you, it’s all about acceptance.

      Thanks for your comments. Yes, accepting each other is the key, isn´t it? hugs, pat


  6. bigsmileu1 says:

    Amen! What a beautiful poem, sentiment, and photo you have shared. Thank you. 😉


  7. Nina says:

    stunning butterfly image

    seems at great odds with the sense of anger
    arising from the poem

    it’s an odd emotional beat that’s emergent


  8. Nina says:

    Reblogged this on Living Well and commented:
    Working and playing well with others

    means not merely tolerating, but embracing diversity.

    Underingstanding people as individuals as well as members of a larger demographic, which is then positioned with the larger society.

    at the end of the day, we all want the same things
    security of person, shelter and food security
    family and friends as well as the ability to participate in society, socially and economically

    equality raises everyone
    diversity is the spice of life


  9. I think some people fear other people’s opinions because it challenges their own. Actually I think we need to hear other people’s opinions in order to challenge ourself. Great post. 🙂


  10. dpbowman says:

    I prefer being called closed-minded. It just means I know what I believe and am not tossed by every new idea and opinion. I can use the true meaning of tolerance and hear you out without leaving behind what I hold dear. To be open-minded is to have no anchor of your own….just a thought. ~ D


  11. herkimerlove says:

    I believe that some get angry because their inner knowing agrees with the “other” opinion, and yet the ego does not want to let go of the “personal” opinion and change. The anger is an outer manifestation of inner turmoil.


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