We all view the world in different ways, which creates conflict, yet the state of divisiveness feels heightened these days with the news and social media perpetuating the issue with 'us' vs 'them' narratives, which results in people feeling defensive.
I deem that when we act defensively, whether it be in our professional or personal lives, we are actually acting out our pain, looking for validation and respect.
The antidote for this conflict is to be kind and listen and listen like we are wrong.
This doesn't mean we condone or change our own opinions if we don't personally agree - but by being kind and truly listening means that the other person will feel validated, heard and respect, which in turn builds stronger relationships and a bridge to end divisiveness.
What do you think?