"Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. "
~John F. Kennedy
Today in Sunday School I was my regular self and expressed my opinion quite a bit. We had some visitors and I wondered if they thought I was too opinionated about things. . . Then I thought that maybe the members who are there every week probably think I'm too opinionated as well.
It's not that I'm contentious, or over bearing (at least I don’t try to be). I just tend to speak up when I feel strongly about something. I’m not asked much for my opinions any more in general- a couple questions about gardening in the past year, once about eating for a certain condition. So I’m left wondering.
I’m not a ‘pro’ in anything really, but I have quite a lot of experience in raising children (and very good children – I might add), I have been studying health and nutrition for about 20 years, I have been a personal trainer and fitness instructor, and I love singing and acting and have dabbled in both. I have been taking photos – portraits and weddings, for many years.
Am I better at singing and acting in my own mind? Is that why I volunteer much much more than I am asked to sing or be involved in musical things?
Are my thoughts of wisdom on health and nutrition so far out in left field that I am really thought of as I have labeled myself in jest: “Witch Doctor”?
Do others think that having children so well turned out was luck? Or maybe they don’t think they are as good as I know they are? Or maybe they’re sick of hearing about my parental techniques that I voice in class? Possibly they think my parenting ways are out dated since I’m the old woman of the young moms?
Maybe I’m just paranoid and maybe people don’t know that I’m a treasure trove of information and would learn at my feet if I gave them half a chance. Or maybe I have turned everyone off with my assertive ideas and opinions.