When I was a kid, I wanted to be a jungle explorer when I grew up.

I imagined myself stomping along in boots, sporting a pith helmet, wearing shorts and a vest both festooned with pockets to hold my maps.

Forget the jungle!

As an adult, I now see that the least explored thing in the world is the other side of a contentious issue.

People will develop an opinion first, then do research to support that opinion, and that’s about as far as it goes.

Our points of view should be secure enough for us to check out the other side — especially when it comes to those close to us.

If we see things a certain way (note the word “certain”) and our spouse sees them another, it can be hard as heck to get ourselves to explore their side.

And yet, for both growth and harmony that’s exactly what we need to do.

Grab your flashlight, your magnifying glass, and your map and let’s explore the unchartered territory of another person’s point of view — LOL!