If you’re like most of us, you enjoy being right. We have a standing custom in our house that when someone is right about something, we look them in the eye and say: “You’re right.” It feels so good to be told we’re right. But, wait a minute: what if we’re not right? Sometimes, we’re wrong. And what about letting go of the need to be right in the first place?
Here’s something very freeing. Whatever thoughts you are thinking, say to yourself: maybe I’m right, maybe I’m wrong. This frees you. It allows you to be more flexible in your attitudes. It makes you open to hearing other people and their ideas. It allows you to enter the gray area of life instead of always making everything black or white.
This works especially well with our sacred cows; you know, the ideas that we hold near and dear to our hearts, the ones we use to define ourselves. The more uncomfortable you are saying “I could be right or I could be wrong,” the more important it is to do this little exercise.
Just think of a world where people didn’t hold their own ideas to be the only valid ones. Where would all the conflict go? And wars? And arguing? Poof, all of this would disappear. Hmmm… maybe I’m right and maybe I’m wrong!