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The Courage to Converse Decently

Whether it's the newest Monique vs Netflix spat. Or the resurfaced Megan Kelly vs Jane Fonda spat. Or the ongoing Democrats vs the Republicans spat. Or the disgraceful Donald Trump vs the rest of the world spat, it is clear that decent, honorable conversation is not at the top of everyone's priority list.

Apparently, very few care about the high road. More than anything, everybody just wants to be right. But the reality is no one is right about everything all the time. And guess what? Not being right isn't the end of the world. In fact, if we are open, a different perspective could actually be the beginning of a learning opportunity that could prove beneficial.

One of the things I have grown to love about good conversations with smart, thinking, open minded people is the conversation's ability to make me see something in a way I perhaps never saw it; or have me think of something in a way I never thought of it.

With maturity, we can develop a genuine appreciation for the value of someone else's perspective. And even if at the end of the day we end up not agreeing with their perspective, we can still leave that moment appreciating the opportunity to hear what matters to someone else and equally thankful that someone else cared about what matters to us.