On the one hand, it feels authentic to really speak your mind. It takes courage to share your emotions and makes you vulnerable to share your controversial thoughts. We admire courage and appreciate people who are strong enough to make themselves vulnerable.
And yet, on the other hand, saying what you really think may not be helpful. It can do more harm than good. It can stir up division and fuel conflict. It can wound and create misunderstandings.
Our world doesn't have a lot of room for nuance.
Our world doesn't have a lot of patience to hear people out.
This week, I've found myself stuffing and stuffing and stuffing comments, holding myself in check, knowing that the fight over a specific and small disagreement would overshadow more significant and important areas of agreement. I've checked myself in conversations about politics, theology, strategy and decision-making already this week. And it's only Tuesday.
Do you think it's wise to hold back what you really think from time to time?