Conflict

Some say conflict is all good;

others say no good can come of it.

Yes, conflict can be

counterproductive,

when confronted by selfish motives –

the adversity is viewed as conditions

to be dismissed or overcome.

Or, conflict can be

oh… so productive,

when accepted with shared intentions –

calmness persists in the adversity

to collaborate and cooperate.

The conflict conflicts

but the conflicted do not…

they react with measured response –

it is a time to bridge not silo

it is a space to listen not shout.

To make resolution requires

Patience with the cause of the conflict

Courage with the effect of the conflict

and Strength to end the conflict –

Life is not either/or, Life is both-and.

I say conflict presents opportunities

to work together in harmony.

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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