These are my favorite words from today.
How many times a day are we offered an opinion or thought that is different than what we believe or expect or wish to hear?
Sometimes these differing opinions create emotional conflict and sometimes we get caught up in the flow of the discussion trying to prove our opinion and to prove we are right.
But what if we just say, “you may be right.” There might be another sentence to follow, or there may be silence. You get to pick how engaged and how long you wish to continue the debate, I mean discussion.
I’ll give you an example.
Your daughter says to you, “My math teacher is terrible.” You might want to explain why this isn’t true and share your opinion and keep the conversation going. Or you might just acknowledge her and say, “You may be right” and move on to the dishes or reading or anything else, but arguing.
I can’t usually stop at just one sentence. I usually have to add my opinion, as a good teacher and knowing better of course, and add an And conjunction.
My response would be more like, “You may be right AND you’re still responsible for your own grade.”
This is a very handy statement for busy people like us, to change the conversation, to exit a conflict gracefully and to bow out without going on and on.
You should try it the next time you feel like reacting and don’t want to get into it. Who knows? I may be right. 🙂
Good Night!! xo