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August 12, 2022

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HalFebruary 15, 2022

Thank you for this article! I had to take a hard look at myself and realize I am often guilty of this foible. I catch myself wanting others to accept my opinions as their own and being miffed when they don't. I will try harder to step outside myself and try to observe such conversations as a third party to see if I can become more aware of how my words and actions might be affecting the person I'm communicating with. Thanks again!

MaryannFebruary 10, 2022

Joni, thank you so much for the reminder that we need to seek after humility and avoid any feelings or expressions of superiority. I am wondering, though, about the example you gave of the word game. I love word games and It is common to hear someone say: "Oh, I don't know if you guys are going to be able to get this." I think it often means that it is a difficult word for the clue-giver and they are doubtful about whether they can come up with good clues. Of course, I wasn't there and did not see facial expressions or body language. I do think it is beneficial to give people the benefit of a doubt regarding their intent. I know there are times when I have made comments and realized later that I may have given a false impression of what I really meant. Perhaps, along with avoiding pride, we can also be charitable about how we interpret what is being said.

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