Tell me about your relationship with someone who has a different view of God and the universe or politics or abortion or race or Covid-19 or all of the above, a relationship with someone who holds beliefs and opinions fundamentally different than your own. Tell me about the way these differences have impacted your relationship over time. Describe how having divergent world views has strained, damaged or strengthened the relationship. When the other person says or does something that triggers you, how do you deal with that reactivity in your body? What strategies have you utilized or attempted to cope with your differences? Which strategies have been most successful? The least successful? Over time, what has maintaining this relationship taught you about yourself, the other person and what it takes to communicate or connect across differences? This prompt is not an invitation to diminish the other person or judge their beliefs, but rather, to explore what it takes to build a bridge across difference.
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