I have spent the last two Fridays immersed in Stephen Covey’s 7-Habits of Highly Effective People. During yesterday’s session, I came across this great quote:
One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that I don’t always have to be right. ~ Jeffrey B. Swartz
It occurred to me that there are times when I find the need to be right during a conversation. I’m sure you’ve had these moments – moments where you get so focussed on what you need or want or on the point of view you hold, that is becomes practically impossible for you to consider another point of view. I plead guilty on all counts!
As we all know, we live in a very polarized culture. Whether it right or left, liberal or conservatives, black or white, lines have been clearly drawn. Communities are being pulled apart and long-standing friendships are being broken – all because we share a different point of view.
I wonder why it has to come to this?
I wonder if we can change the tone and tenor of the conversations we are having?
The answer … a resounding yes. And, it starts with each and everyone one of us.
You don’t have to blow out the other person’s light to let your own shine. ~ Bernard M. Baruch
The next time you find yourself tensing up in a conversation or find it difficult to consider another’s point of view, I encourage you to remember the following:
Through conversations, knowledge is shared;
Through conversations, friendship are formed;
Through conversations, life happens.
Take a deep breath, join the conversation with an open mind and a willingness to explore the possibilities. Who knows …. it may change your life!
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