I was with a friend recently and she reminded me of this phrase: Curious and not judgmental. We were talking about hard conversations and how to stay engaged when there is conflict or different perspectives.
It seems to me that the tenor of conversations lately has not been curious and is very heavy on the judgmental side. We write people off when they believe or say something we do not agree with wholeheartedly.
Staying curious does not mean we have to agree. Staying curious means we are invested in the person and the relationship. We can listen and see their perspective. We can listen and completely disagree but not make a judgment call on their whole being.
It is much easier to disregard someone than it is to stay in relationship. My hope and prayer is that we will do that hard work. I know there is blessing for everyone. The connections we make, the things that we do agree on allow us to stay connected.
Where do you need to be more curious and less judgmental? I know my answer.