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May 14

   If you laid 10,000 politicians end to end, the line they made still wouldn't be long enough to reach a conclusion. That phrase may bring a chuckle to my face, because I know how much politicians hold onto their opinions as the only right one, and discount everyone else's. When I look at myself however, how often do I do the same thing? I may argue incessantly with my partner over some issues, trying to convince them I know more about the topic, or see things clearer. Often, we both end up frustrated with each other without really resolving anything.
   One person can never know all there is to know about a subject. My opinions are simply my way of making the best sense I can of things I've experienced. The truth is that most of my opinions are just my best guesses. If I take my time to dig deeper into the reasons behind my partner's opinion though, I can gain new insight. Chances are, the more I do this, the easier it is to see where both of us may have missed seeing something in the viewpoints we held earlier.

Just for Today
   My opinions are only as good as the information they're based on.
   Today I'll try to improve my opinions, by finding out what insight my partner has, and combining it with my own. In doing so, I'll probably find many things to agree with, and when I disagree, I'll know much better what I'm disagreeing with, and why.

A man is getting along on the road to wisdom when he begins to realize that his opinion is just an opinion.

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