I was reading some movie reviews yesterday about a movie I was considering renting. There were so many that hated it, turned it off a short way into it, expressed other disappointments with it. At the same time, although in a minority of the reviews I saw, some loved it. Who’s to know? It would only be us.
I usually don’t pay much attention to the reviews because I have found some of the best and most memorable movies I’ve ever seen had a lot of poor reviews. Also, the opposite has been true in that many of the ones I rented that had great reviews, I found less than desirable, and not worth my time. To each their own. So, I take movie reviews lightly.
Isn’t this true of so many things in life? We learn by experiencing for ourselves. Sometimes others can serve us with their opinions, but ultimately, they are just that–opinions, and though they may see this as fact for them, it is certainly not the fact for all.
As things go on in the world, in our employment, in our homes, and in our relationships, we run up against a lot of opinions. They might even be stated as having more authority than an opinion, such as in laws, rules, regulations, edicts, pronouncements, predictions, and more. Yet, they are not necessarily fact for us. I like how Abraham, Esther Hicks talks about other people’s opinions and how to deal with that:
“Because others cannot vibrate in your experience, they cannot affect the outcome of your experience. They can hold their opinions, but unless their opinion affects your opinion, their opinion matters not at all. A million people could be pushing against you, and it would not negatively affect you unless you push back. They are affecting what happens in their experience. They are affecting their point of attraction–but it does not affect you unless you push against them.”
So, it’s informative to listen to or read other people’s opinions, but the only one that matters is our own, and especially as this relates to our opinion of ourselves. At the same time, allowing those opinions to be valid for them, without giving them any of our energy unless we find resonance with them, we can move through our lives with much more peace and joy.
Let It Flow, Let It Go.
Spread Some Joy Today–by enjoying your opinions without insisting that others need to respond. Be injoy without messing with the joy of others. To each their own joy.