Posted in Compassion, Reflections

Just agree to disagree

B questioning me nov 13How often to we hear comments like “ah you are always so extreme” or “you’re so obsessed” or “you’re crazy to think that way”?  Too often, right?   If I were to translate some of these phrases, they still would not interpret what the speaker meant. Sometimes it really means, “Well, I don’t agree with you, hence you’re wrong to even think that way!”  And the list goes on: you think too much, you don’t have enough feelings, you have too many feelings, you are impulsive, you don’t think things through…I don’t understand where you are coming from.

Would it hurt so much to ask, “What do you mean?” or “Tell me what that looks like to feel that way”.  Do you remember when you were a young child and you may have had a falling out with a friend or someone tripped you and you cried, not because your knee hurt when you scraped it…because your feelings were hurt.   And then an older person came up to you and blew on the wound and said, “There there, it’s all better now…don’t cry.” If you were brave enough, you would whimper and say “I feel sad” and how often have you heard, “Now, now, you’re not sad…come along now, let’s eat some ice cream”. Distraction was thought to be one way of helping an unhappy child.

Perhaps that was how things were in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s…or has it really changed that much?  As adults, many parents are  certainly more aware of acknowledging a child’s feelings. But many still carry the mindset of stiff upper lip and you have to toughen those kids up if you want to prepare them for the real world.  I agree that we need to help a youth set boundaries on when and where to express intimate feelings but one still needs to recognize them. To set aside until at a safer place or time is one thing but not to teach only to stifle their feelings, to not recognize certain triggers that may alert a person to prevent impulsive behavior later!  We need to teach our youths how to be self-aware to self-care.

And what about someone who is “madly” in love with someone. How often to you hear, “Oh she/he is so needy…co-dependent…in French we overuse the term “dépendance affective”. Yes there are persons who may have this strong need to be approved, to be loved, to be noticed…but all too often we label anyone who is head over heels with another person.  I like to explain to youths at work how great it feels to be in love especially those first few months when we are in that “GA GA” phase…crazy in love and can’t even think of anything else but that person.  It has actually been scientifically proven that those stages neurotransmitters in our brain jump hoops and ride like a roller coaster.  That need to be with a person is our brain reacting.  But let’s not go into the science of this because it takes the fun  outof feeling all goofy and dreamy.

There are so many discussions we could have just about now. There  are so many directions I could go with this now but I will stop because I think I made my point.  Be mindful of your critical comments. They are not always “just in fun”.  You know they are sometimes rooted out of your own misconception and  sometimes lack of understanding. There is nothing wrong with saying, “I don’t see it that way but maybe I am not understanding how you see it.” Sometimes it’s okay to just say, “Let’s agree that we disagree.”  The latter does not make you or he/she wrong…just of a different outlook.  We cannot all see life the say way…we look out of a window and interpret the world painting it with hues from our past, shaded with life experiences.

© Cheryl-Lynn 2014/12/21

This post was inspired by a poem written by The Real Cie I read last week at Poetry of the netherworld at Blogspot.  and was given permission to share. It was a response to a list of words used as prompts to create a story or poem.   I’m inserting a few lines to entice you…

Forever Your Little Loser


They say that I’m a lunatic

They say I’m nothing but a loser

Because I say I want to take a spacecraft

And go spinning past all the planets…continue reading here.



A little bit about moi: I am a mom, a nana, a sister, a woman, a friend, a human being…a youth counsellor, Family Life Educator. I have been working in the helping profession for over 25 years and volunteered in various capacities from youths to seniors. Tournesol is my nom de plume for haiku and other Japanese form poetry here at Tournesoldansunjardin I hope you enjoy reading through my daily waka. I also have another blog "Stop the Stigma" where I may stand on my soapbox now and then and hope it will become a place to drop in and share or comment on issues important to you. In that vein this could be a great way to learn from each other. Namaste!

6 thoughts on “Just agree to disagree

  1. It took reaching our last two years of high school and then into adulthood for my younger sister and I to learn that when we’re not going to agree on a lot of things. Now one of us just says, “Let’s agree to disagree and drop it.” And then we do that. It works marvelously, but only with my youngest sister and my second eldest sister and my youngest brother. I can’t do that with anyone else in my family because one of us has to be right.

    It’s a work in progress, but there is progress and for that I am thankful.


    1. You have such a mature attitude, Martha and a wonderful family. Some never agree as it is part of their personality…that may or may not change with age. I just agree to avoid conflict which is not healthy and resolves nothing.

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      1. You are so right and wise beyond your years, my friend! Pick your battles and ask yourself “10 years from now will this really matter?” You would be surprised, eh?

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  2. Kind thanks for sharing my poem. I’m very touched that it had meaning to you!
    My blogging teammate Koni wrote a piece about the use of the term “codependent,” and how it tends to be used in a sneering fashion. She was describing an instance of filial rather than romantic love, between brothers who have an unusually close emotional connection. (One of them is the subject of my poem, as it happens.) Koni very wisely says “why call it codependent? Why not just call it love?”
    I’m including the link to Koni’s post. The post itself is “safe.” Fair warning, the blog it is on is not. It contains explicit gay erotica, including graphic photos in some posts.
    Thanks again for sharing my work. 🙂


    1. Thanks I will check out the blog…erotica, eh? well, I only write a bit of such fun poetry on my other blog:) And yes co-dependent is overused by too many who do not know what it really means. Just like some who scoff at some young women who have ” daddy issues”,,,I could slap them silly when that comment is made…we all have (to some degree) a mommy or daddy issue…sheeesh.


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