It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
The world is powered by passionate people, powerful ideas, and fearless action. What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?
(Author: Buster Benson)
Sadly, I probably don’t have a strong belief that isn’t shared by my closest friends and family. My husband and I are passionate fans of Dave Ramsey and pretty much none of my family is as passionate as we are. Some members of his family are, but not all of them. People get a little tired of us saying “What would Dave do?”, or talking about his baby steps. But living a debt-free lifestyle is something that is important to us and that we are looking forward to living. We don’t have to have the same debt as everyone else.
Also, we tend to be more conservative than most of our friends, and some of our families. We just believe that certain things should happen – our girls should wear modest clothes (no bikinis, etc.), our country should get it’s act together, and that government doesn’t need to be involved in every decision – people have to be free to live their lives.
I can’t say that we go around pushing our beliefs on others. We will defend our beliefs and argue our points as needed, but we don’t push them onto others. People just need to try to get along and even if you don’t believe the same, at least try to find common ground.