Facing My Biases

My friends will probably laugh at this, but I’ve always considered myself fairly tolerant. I’m a big believer in “one size does not fit all” and have often written about that philosophy.

As a teen and young adult I had many opportunities to stretch my perspective – in faith, in culture, in lifestyles. And thought myself fairly open-minded.

But in the last year, I’ve come to realize that I am very opinionated… (you can stop laughing now).

Yes, I knew I had strong opinions. Obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t have chosen this work-at-home, homeschooling lifestyle – and made it work.

But what I’ve realized really is that several of my opinions have taken root so deep that my tolerance level and ability to be open and accepting of other or past opinions is not what I thought it was.

Maybe because I’m now in my forties and twenty plus years of adult experience is starting to set down roots. Or maybe it’s because I just was blissfully unaware before.

I don’t really know.  But what I do know is that it changes how I can and will write here.

I still believe that those who come to a work-at-home lifestyle, either by choice or circumstances, can succeed at it. I certainly have.  But I also no longer believe it’s a lifestyle choice that should be taken unless there is a stay-at-home choice is really truly not possible.

I still believe in homeschooling, with all my heart.  But how we homeschool, how I look at education, at learning and teaching, has set firm roots and I have become quite opinionated about it, so you’ll hear more of that cuz quite frankly my choices are either to write about what I believe and know works, or not write at all.

And frankly the idea of not writing to you is like cutting off my best friend. When I step away to deal with the curve balls of life, I miss you dreadfully and am always thinking of things I want to share with you.

So it is with this that I feel I must share this struggle that I am having with you.  Do I write what I believe, what I know to be true at this moment in my life, do I risk offending you, my friend?

But then again, as a my friend, I pray that you will understand that I do not wish to offend, but am sharing my heart and what works for us, and wrestling with my own biases, and I still care about you and yours, even if we disagree.

And always, I welcome your constructive input and feedback. Your thoughts and ideas help me stretch and grow. Thank you!



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2 Responses to Facing My Biases

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