Lately, I've been talking a lot about trust, because for me, it is at the heart of healthy relationships and a fulfilling life.
This week I'd like to talk about conflict.
Many of the same skills that we use to be trustworthy and to build healthy, sustainable relationships are the same ones that we need to resolve conflict.
To do this, we must listen more than we speak, and look for creative solutions to the most difficult of our problems.
Trust, healthy relationships, our well-being, and our ability to resolve the most difficult and deeply entrenched conflicts all stem from the same source.
We need these skills and we need them now!
So, this week I ask you to please:
Gandhi's words have never been more important…
If you want to see people being able to resolve very difficult, very complex conflicts, start with yourself.
Start by looking inward, and then reaching out to connect with others.
Resolving conflicts, building trust, and building healthy relationships– these are the skills we need.
These are the things that are going to mend our families, our communities and our workplaces.
We need to model these skills and bring them into every relationship.
So this week, think deeply about what you can do to be part of the solution.
Do what you can to mend relationships, build connection, listen to others, and solve problems creatively.