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Conflicts can be Avoided

Acceptance and Conflicts

CONFLICTS CAN BE AVOIDED!

We get into conflicts with other people because of us, not them. We can walk away from circumstances that are beginning to boil. We can decide that feeling peaceful is MORE important than forcing an opinion on someone else.

And we can choose to seek God’s guidance in every tense situation. Making these choices get easier with practice, but at first we can’t imagine not having the last word.

Many of us have TOO much invested in being RIGHT. Perhaps we think our worth relies on others’ agreeing with our opinions. If we use the right words, a really GOOD argument, we CAN sway their opinion, we hope. Sometimes we are successful!

Unfortunately, that fuels our fire to push our opinion the next time, too. Deciding to ACCEPT that all people have a right to their opinion is a BIG change for us. Coming to believe that each of us is on a UNIQUE journey helps us make that decision.

“Today I'll walk away from every opportunity to argue with someone. The other person's perspective is as valid as my own.”

- Karen Casey

We can agree to disagree. Whenever we find ourselves in conflict, we can ask ourselves, “WHAT IS IT THAT I’M AFRAID OF?” It is a question to ponder EVERY time we aren’t feeling LOVE & PEACE. It is the underlying emotion of guilt, shame, anger and ALL the emotions that aren’t love. When u CAN answer the question AND have a discussion around that, many times the conflict CAN be resolved.

When I am having a conflict/argument with someone else, I have a hard time with not getting the LAST word in and when the other person keeps adding their “two cents” in also, it’s harder to drop the argument.

My mother had always told me to just WALK away cuz this is one way to end a conflict. The other way to avoid a conflict is to NOT engage with the other person. If I don’t react cuz they’re looking for a reaction, then the conflict can’t continue. I have learned that I have the CHOICE of deciding what “battles” are worth fighting to the end and what aren’t as important to fight. 

By choosing my battles, I am able to make a BETTER choice that is a POSITIVE one also and it makes me feel better knowing that what I was arguing my point about or not, I had accomplished my mission.

ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE A CHOICE IN WHATEVER YOU DO AND/OR SAY! 🙂

About the Author Jessica Wozniak

On Nov. 1st, 2005, I had married my first husband and in 2005, I had become a mother to my daughter...She was born two days after my 28th birthday. Then in 2008, I had my son. My marriage wasnt a healthy one and it ended in Oct. 2013. I had met my current husband in 2009...We had worked together at McDonald's, but it wasnt until May 2012 when we started dating. On May 2016, we had bought a house and I had remarried in Sept. 2016 to my current husband, Wozzy. Emily and Duane get treated so well by their stepfather, Wozzy. He does a great job at showing them his unconditional love for both of them. To keep this long story short....Both kids are doing well in school, they love being in Volleyball (Emily) and Basketball (Duane). They do see their biological dad when he's able to spend time with them. Wozzy and I do the best we can to give them a really good life!

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