Back in 1988, my parents offered me an opportunity of a lifetime. Thanks to them and the financial sacrifices they made, I was able to travel the United States and the world with Up with People.
When I left for this experience, I was a young 18-year old with little experience and a very narrow view of the world. Thanks to my time in Up with People and the great mentors I have had over the course of my life, I’ve gained a much better understanding and appreciation for the world around me. In addition, thanks to my podcast, I’ve had an opportunity to engage in some great conversations that have helped expand my view of the world and encouraged me to be more curious than critical.
Granted, I struggle with this more than I’m willing to admit. At times, I digress and say/think/do things that clearly demonstrate that I’m not as tolerant as I should be. In these moments, when I hide behind sayings like “it’s my right to have this opinion” or “it’s a free country”, I’m doing myself and the people around me a great disservice.
The C&C Protocol
We live in a polarized society – just take a look at the comments being made by those aspiring to America’s highest office and those who make a living commenting on the process – and it sure seems like tolerance has gone the way of New Coke.
From this story making the news in Minneapolis to some of the posts that come across your Facebook or Twitter feeds, there are more and more examples of this type of unfortunate behavior.
I need to be more tolerant. We need to be more tolerant.
We can change all of this with the <C&C Protocol> or the <Curiosity and Conversations> protocol.
Being curious can quickly lead to a conversation and there’s nothing more powerful than a meaningful conversation. Being curious and engaging in conversations doesn’t mean we have to change our opinion but it sure makes it easier to understand the other person’s perspective. We may never agree with the other person’s point of view, but until be we get a glimpse of their view of the world, we can’t expand ours.
Like me, you’ll probably stumble and that’s okay – we’re human after all. And when we do, let’s endeavor to activate the C&C protocol and remember that:
- Through conversations, relationships are made;
- Through conversations, knowledge is shared; and,
- Through conversations, life happens and finds meaning.
Be well and make it a great day!