Last month, in February, we focused on our individual worth, personal empowerment, and on self-esteem. Individual efforts do quite a bit to change the world around us, but we can do so much more if we resolve conflicts and work together more often.
A dove has always been a symbol for peace so the color of peaceful dove gray is the celebration symbol for March’s habit to Resolve Conflicts. Even if you began this month like a lion, decide to go out like a lamb. If losing your temper too quickly adds to the stress of conflicts with others, work on calming yourself down and taking time outs when you feel your emotional temperature rising.
The late advice columnist, Ann Landers, once suggested that we observe a National Reconciliation Day. As part of making this book work for you, you now have one whole month to do that—this month of March.
Resolving conflicts with someone that you disagree with takes a lot of courage, but this is the time to begin. Start with a smile and begin mending fences. Pick up the phone or write a letter. Take a few extra minutes with someone with whom you experience problems. Try to learn more about their point of view. Life is too short to hold grudges. Forgiving others is a great feeling. Reach out today, perhaps right in your own home. Lighten up, give a little and compromise. You will be happier and healthier for the effort.
Elaine Parke, guest speaking at a Rwandan Rotary Club in 2006, where, in memory of the genocide, they observed the 12 habits month to “Resolve Conflicts.”
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