Compromising Creates Conflict

Compromising our values so as to avoid conflict, in spite of our hopes, beliefs, or desires, creates dissonance not resolution. Avoiding conflict at the cost of what we hold true is neither a win for us nor for those to or for whom we compromise. Compromising on the truth, on our truth, leaves that truth…

Preference Beyond Choice

That which others are passionate about may feel totally hollow and empty to us, but that does not mean we cannot enthusiastically support their passion. We are not all the same. We do not all enjoy and value the same things, the same activities, the same music, the same movies, the same art, the same…

Listen To The Person More Than The Message

We may disagree, but, if we can do so intelligently and compassionately, there is room for you in my life. Not everyone who disagrees with us is against us. In fact, some people actually disagree with us because they care about us and want to see us learn, grow, and open ourselves up to a…

Tell Stories That Inspire

The truth alone may be sufficient, but the truth told as a story is compelling. The truth, presented as a set of facts, may be important and even necessary, but it is also boring, as easily memorized and repeated as it is forgotten. The truth with context, however, with a story surrounding it, becomes much…

Compassion at the Forefront

It’s easy to assume malicious intent when someone does or says something that hurts us, but a more likely reason for their behavior is simply that they do not know how to act differently. The fact is that people often do not even know that they are being hurtful when we feel that they are…