“Be reasonable, do it my way,” was an expression my mother sometimes used in jest when she had what she thought was the best solution for a problem, and was
Knots have their useful purpose, and sometimes you have to unravel the knot so that you can achieve a different, and equally useful, purpose.
unable to convince the other person she was right. Of course, while that statement alone didn’t often get Mom what she wanted , wouldn’t your life be great if all your conflicts could be resolved simply by insisting on having your way?
You can have that easier life and resolve your conflicts if, in aiming for resolution, you follow three simple rules.
The question, ‘can we talk?’ can strike fear or dread in us because we anticipate that the person asking the question is about to bring up a subject we find difficult to
The most rewarding conversations are those that break silence into small pieces with speech.
discuss. Or, that the person is going to launch in to a sermon, or worse, a diatribe, about our latest short-coming. Sometimes I like to answer that question with one of my own: ‘can we listen?’
Conversation is not one person talking. It is a collaborative effort to exchange information in a cooperative manner. It is a group effort where each person contributes by chiming in and also by listening and comprehending what is being said. Conversation is silence broken into small pieces by speech.
On today, Veterans Day, we honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and commitment to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We are reminded to think about the sacrifices and service of the men and women who have valiantly and selflessly committed themselves to military service to bring freedom and democracy to persons in other countries and under other government rule.
We make and keep commitments and willingly sacrifice so that others may enjoy a better life.
They fight so that others might enjoy the same freedoms we enjoy, and to ensure we continue to enjoy those freedoms ourselves.
It got me to thinking about how those of us not in the military are also committed to serve others and make sacrifices for them right here at home, every day.