Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,
Which side are you on? In this day and age, we have to pick sides, right? You’re on this side or that. Everyone knows the drill. We simply have to pick a side. How else are we going to know who is a bad person? Or, who is just plain lying? Or stupid? Or whatever? Ugghhhh…..
Before we all get concerned and since Rotary is apolitical, let me reassure everyone that this is not a political rant. It’s a human message of hope and understanding in these challenging times.
No matter where someone stands on an issue or an affiliation, we need to be open to a constructive discussion as long as two things exist: First, that someone is truly looking for a mutually beneficial solution to a problem. Second, that the person who we’re speaking with is sincere in their beliefs and that they have a desire for an open discussion that respectfully validates more than just one idea.
The sharing of ideas is a powerful thing. To quote the author, Harvey Makay, “If you have an idea and I have an idea, then we both have one idea. However, if we share our ideas, then we’ll both have two ideas.” That’s what we need more of…The sincere and respectful sharing of ideas that solve a problem and make a mutually beneficial difference.
Sincerity - as defined by the dictionary: Sincerity - The quality of being free from pretense, deceit, or hypocrisy. - How about that! If everyone that we dealt with would live by this definition, we’d all be okay. Here are the real sides that we must choose from….. True sincerity that’s fact based and in the interest of all people, or insincerity, which always has ulterior motives.
We need the ability to have an open discussion with people of good conscience who want to make a difference and who are sincere in their search for a solution. We also need the ability to compromise and to see another person’s points of view.
In this day and age where there seems to be so many narratives that divide people, I’d like to talk about some of the things that we all have in common that could bring people together. There are certain things that virtually everyone has in common with each other. We all want peace and safety for our family and friends. We all want clean air and water. We all want to be able to meet and exceed our family’s financial needs. We all want to enjoy good health and lasting happiness. …And for Rotarians and all people of good conscience in the world, we all want to leave things better than we found them.
For me, with maturity comes the realization that we really do need to be kind to one another wherever possible. It’s okay for people to see things from different points of view, as long as we’re truthful, respectful and open to each other’s logical points. It’s the world spinning at its best…
Yours in Rotary,