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Open Your Mind and Open the Door to Deeper Relationships

What do you do when someone says something that is the opposite of your own point of view? Do you run in the opposite direction or do you listen closely? It’s easier to

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Can you listen to that one idea that is different from the others or that challenges your beliefs?

keep your mind closed when a co-worker, family member or friend starts discussing an idea that challenge your beliefs or assumptions. While it’s harder to bring an open mind to a conversation, bringing a closed mind sacrifices the gift of the friendship. Bringing an open mind says you want to understand the ideas and beliefs that are important to the other person. Continue reading

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If I Let You Go, Will You Fly Away?

“If you love someone, set them free.

If they come back they’re yours;

if they don’t they never were.”

~ Richard Bach, American writer

Today is the first day of school here in Charlotte. Depending on where you live, your children may have started classes a few weeks

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If I let you go, will you fly away?

ago, or you may be eagerly counting down the days until they fly away for the wonderful first day of class Continue reading

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When Admitting You’re Wrong is Better than Being Right

I have a very good friend who is a wonderful person, yet he struggles in vain to be able to admit he is wrong, about almost anything, no matter how small or inconsequential. He has not yet learned it is better to admit you’re wrong than to maintain the façade of being right.

 

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Others can spot when you try to hide your mistakes by blending them in to the truth.

 

He will go to great lengths to justify, explain, link or obfuscate what he just said a minute ago to something that is the polar opposite.

You might know someone just like my friend. You might even struggle just like my friend.

You already know that admitting a mistake and then taking responsibility for it is not easy. Continue reading

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