Both Sides

Walter Cronkite once said “In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story”.

I remember listening to this beautiful Joni Mitchell song Both Sides as a teenager and what it meant to me then, and still does, is that I can see both sides to pretty much everything, so how the hell am I to decide?

It has become the norm to take a stance and stick to it, we dig ourselves in.

Being opinionated increases your chances. Certainly with political parties!

But the truth for me is I agree and disagree at the same time on all sorts of issues.

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all.

Joni Mitchell

My friend Andrew Wadsworth, the property developer, says that if he and his business partner, Robert, talk through a problem enough, they nearly always come to the same conclusion. When someone takes an open-minded middle position, it is heart-warming, and I find myself increasingly open to different points of view.

Good luck. If you can do it, things become easier and everyone is on board.

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