Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Navigating Slow Motion Conflict -

A large part of life is navigating conflict with other people.

And I don't mean like slamming one's fist into the face of another.

I mean slow motion conflict where you are unable to extricate yourself from your position easily, or to leave the other person alone.

And it only gets worse as we get older.

Drinking turns negotiation to mush.

I'm not particularly good at slow motion conflict.  I don't want to cause others discomfort.  I'm not saying it is always true, but if it is a zero sum game, the question becomes: How much discomfort am I willing to give myself in order to give someone else comfort?  Everywhere.  In everything I do?

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