The Art of Compromise

“Tolerance, compromise, understanding, acceptance, patience - I want those all
to be very sharp tools in my shed.”
--CeeLo Green

Stay Flexible and Chill
Whether it’s team members at work or family members, it’s safe to say we don’t always see eye-to-eye.  While these differences in opinions, approaches to planning and problem-solving can lead to creativity, they also can create stress and conflict. I need to remind myself that people don’t always do things the way I would do it.

So where does that leave us?  Quite simply, what often works is to pick your battles, compromise more and even let go. It is often our egos that demand people do it our way. There are indeed many ways to get to a destination. And it may even be less stressful and “good for the soul” to relinquish control and just go with the flow. Granted, there are some issues that are non-negotiable. But I submit that many things allow for room to compromise and even lead to more calm. As a trusted best friend tells me regularly, “Bend like the willow, when the winds come strong.”