They are the ones who always have something snarky to share on Twitter. They are the first to poke holes in a good idea. They love to stir the pot, ask the hard question, point out the negative. They are THE CONTRARIANS, the yin to my yang. They are essential, as night is to day, as hot is to cold, as salt is to pepper...Ok, I'll stop with the cheesy metaphors!
I can sit here at my desk and scroll through the Rolodex in my mind and find them, filed under E for Essential.
"They may drive us bananas, but they make us better," I recently said to a group, providing some mollification for the impact of a captain of contrarianism.
I am a glass is half full kind of guy, always seeking the positive, finding light even in the darkest of situations. But I fully recognize that if everyone was like me, the world would be a very boring place.
THE CONTRARIANS are quick to provide opinion, sharp perspective - beating about the bush has no meaning to them; they get right to the point. They have a tendency to be viewed as brash and brazen. They can come across as being hurtful and insensitive, though their intention is often otherwise. They inspire debate, discussion, and spirited defense of ideas, issues and positions.
And as much as they make us crazy, fuel our rancor, and send our blood pressure soaring, they inevitably help us be better.
So, today, for no particular reason, I salute THE CONTRARIANS that surround us, in our organizations, our communities (including our virtual communities), in our circle of friends and in our families. Thank you for adding spice to our soup and giving it a good stir.