Saturday, 19 June 2010

2010:365:170 Conflict resolution.

Some disagreements are relatively easy to solve!  All you need is an external accepted standard and a willingness of both parties to agree to the result and the question is solved.  Three eights of an inch difference in height between the lay figures!
No need for further discussion.  No disagreements.
The measuring tape's verdict is final.
Wouldn't it be great if all problems in our society/country were solved so easily?  However, most conflict resolution demands openness and being willing to listen to one another's story.  It requires some "give and take", some concessions to be made by both sides.
That's not easy when all parties feel that they have "right" on their side; or where neither accepts any outside "measure" by which decisions will be judged.  
Resolving conflicts is not always a simple process, seldom a quick one, and it requires each person to listen carefully to the other.  The effort expended will result in harmony and improved relationships.

For the healing of the nations,
Lord, we pray with one accord,
for a just and equal sharing
of the things that earth affords.
To a life of love in action
help us rise and pledge our word.

All that kills abundant living
let it from the earth be banned:
pride of status, race or schooling,
dogmas that obscure your plan.
In our common quest for justice
may we hallow life's brief span.

Church Hymnal number 496
by Fred Kaan.

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