In My Opinion

Examples of questions you should never ask are:

“Does my bum look big in this?”

“Are you pregnant?”

“Have you put on weight?”

“Do you want fries with that?”

Also, be warned that questions like “What would you do?” or worse still, “What do you think?” exposes you to someone’s opinion.

Of course some people don’t wait to be asked and defend the proffering of their unsolicited opinion with expressions like, “I just speak my mind” or “I just tell it like it is” or worse still “I just say what I think” setting off alarm bells regarding the character of the person concerned.

I remember a useful illustration heard many years ago where the ‘giving of an opinion’ was compared to the old pocket watch where said watch was only taken from said pocket by the wearer when someone actually requested the time.

In my humble opinion, I know you haven’t asked for it, as it happens and therefore I am on thin ice but then I have the floor, so here goes!

In reality I believe absolutely no-one has the liberty or licence to speak their mind, tell it like it is, or say what they think unless requested to do so. It makes me cringe to hear these character flaws expressed as if they were some kind of badge of honour, ‘worn with pride’ as the expression goes. 

Ultimately, we all need to ask questions in life and indeed of life and also express opinions if requested, but the questions need to be sensitive and the opinions, if you have them, need to be based on relevant experience or insight.

As the proverb goes… “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion.” Proverbs 18 v 2…. See, I told you!


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