"Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!" (Joel 3:14 NKJV).
Many relationships falter on stubbornness. Graves have been dug
with the words, "I'm right." I had a relative who was always right – absolutely,
retroactively right, even when she wasn't there and you were! She also died at a
young age, poor soul. Bless her, she spent her short, insecure life proving
every nitpicking point. It would have been the end of her warped world to have
been proven wrong. Perhaps definitions are in order here:
2. positiveness; and
Decisiveness is the
ability to come to a decision, make an effective choice and mentally resolve a
conflict. The indecisive person lives in constant fear of consequences and is
unable to handle his problems efficiently. The decisive person takes
responsibility for his or her actions. Mr. or Ms. Indecisive points to others as
the source of his/her unhappiness, too.
Positiveness is an extension of
decisiveness: the person takes a firm stand on a decision and rules out mistakes
and doubts. This person is often accused of being stubborn when in effect he has
simply made up his mind on a conviction he feels is legitimate after he has
thoroughly researched and thought out the problem. This person's convictions are
firm, confident and, to him, logical. Of course if the person is strong-willed
and narrow-minded and ungenerous, then he will be accused of being stubborn,
justly so at times, too.
But the stubborn person - ! These folks are right
come high water, the Bible, the Encyclopedia, and 50 million lawyers to prove
them wrong. This person resists, whether his or her reasons are valid or not.
The adamant person can't stand to lose face; ergo, s/he is always right, which
is ludicrous, for who can be always absolutely right? The last I checked, Jesus
was/is the only perfect Person.
On the other hand, the healthily
positive person is willing to listen to reason and change his/her mind. This
person is willing to change thoughts and feelings if, upon reanalysis of the
situation, basic convictions are not compromised. The really confident person
will concede a point to common sense, whereas the obstinate person concedes
nothing. This person does not possess an opinion – it possesses him/her!
Unfortunately the "always-right" person dies by degrees from loneliness. After
all, who wants to be proven wrong all the time?