Jonathan is over at A Life Overseas today . . .
Let’s talk about conflict, ‘cause that’s fun. I mean, hypothetically, at some point in the (distant) future, you may or may not experience an uncomfortable disagreement with someone. Maybe.
In this imagined scenario, the ensuing “discussion” could arise between you and your spouse or kids or co-workers, or maybe even — like this would ever happen — yourself.
So, when conflict comes, what will you do? Will you run away scared? Hunker down? Gear up? Lock and load?
Whether your natural tendency is to ostrich or explode, these two principles must be remembered:
Principle #1 – Conflict always has Context
Principle #2 – Conflict always precedes Closeness
How many of you have ever experienced conflict? Go ahead, raise your hands. Do you see all those hands raised? Yeah, me neither, but I’m guessing that all over the world people on their phones or laptops are raising hands. It’s a pretty shared thing, this interpersonal junk. (You can put your hands down now, we don’t want people thinking you’re a weirdo. Oh wait, you’re a missionary. Nevermind.)
Conflict is not something “out there” that other people deal with. This is us. This is our story.
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