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Avoiding dogmatic thinking

Tuesday August 30, 2011 #346

 “Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

 ~John F. Kennedy

Particularly during the current US political divisiveness, I seek to remind you to not be bound by dogmatic thinking.  While it may be challenging to think through and perhaps entertain thoughts different from your own, it is a mark of character and maturity to be able to consider alternative viewpoints.  More often than not, arguments can be resolved through careful and respectful consideration of alternative viewpoints.  Most people desire the same positive results.  Assume good intent and you may be surprised by the richness and value of solutions derived from individuals with different ideas who wish for the same positive result.


September 2, 2011 Posted by | conflict resolution, problem solving | | Leave a comment

Work on yourself

Thursday January 7, 2010 #184

We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, they are of many different colors, some are more popular than others — but they all have to learn to live in the same box.”

~Robert Fulghum

Thank you to JAMmer KH for sharing today’s quote.  I challenge you to use it as a reminder to focus on your own development rather than attempting to change others.  The most common and unnecessary cause of conflict is our desire to convince others to believe what we believe, to behave the way we want them to behave, to agree with our politics, our religion, even to root for our team.  STOP!  Appreciate the differences of those around you and work on yourself.  You know as well as I do that there is enough work to do on ourselves to keep us fully occupied for a lifetime.

February 6, 2010 Posted by | conflict resolution | | Leave a comment

The Law of the Garbage Truck

Thursday March 26, 2009 #107

\”In any interaction, you either gain share or lose share. So treat every interaction as kind of a precious moment in time.\”  

~Mitt Romney

From JAMmer CG:

The Law of the Garbage Truck

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the left-hand lane when suddenly a car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.

My taxi driver slammed on the brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.

My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, \’Why did you just do that? That guy almost wrecked your car and sent us to the hospital!\’

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, \’The Law of the Garbage Truck.\’

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.

As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they\’ll dump it on you. Don\’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don\’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people don\’t let garbage trucks take over their day. Life\’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.

April 5, 2009 Posted by | conflict resolution, intention | , | 2 Comments

Standing together for Mumbai

Tuesday December 2, 2008 #79

“Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.”


As I watched in stunned horror as the unspeakable acts were carried out in Mumbai, I knew that the great people of Mumbai will persevere.  I know many people in Mumbai and I can tell you they are incredible, resilient people who welcome you to their great city with pride and hospitality.  Mumbaikars, we stand with you in this time of grief.  For all of us, remember that the defeat of terrorism will come by the many small acts by each one of us to accept all of the world’s people regardless of religion, race or creed.  Let’s all stand together for the people of Mumbai and move forward with perseverance.

January 25, 2009 Posted by | conflict resolution, intention, Take Action | , , , | 2 Comments

Polyanna vs. the Skeptic

Tuesday October 14, 2008 #72

“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough.”

 ~Frank Crane

The Polyanna and the skeptic.  Two versions of the same problem:  fixed points of view.  The key to move forward through adversity, to reach success in a difficult situation, to mediate significant conflict, is the same:  find the middle ground, discover the kernel of cooperation that leads to consensus, find trust.  It isn’t easy, but it is worth the journey.

January 24, 2009 Posted by | conflict resolution | Leave a comment