Ten, actaully 11, things to think and say to yourself when you get the feeling you are headed for a crises…..

by Rod Smith

1. I will not panic.
2. There are probably many options I have not considered.
3. How I respond to this will be more important than the issue itself.
4. This is not about specific people; rather it is about the environment I have allowed to develop between or among us.
5. No matter how tough things get I will not resort to lies, making others the scapegoat for any issues.
6. I will enter every conflict with the intention of facing and resolving problems and forgiving my foes.
7. I will enter tough meetings or conflicted circumstances with a spirit of humility, a desire to be a healing presence, and a set of possible solutions.
8. I will promote love and understanding, even at the expense of appearing weak or appearing “wrong”.
9. I will attempt to listen more than I talk.
10. I will not resort to insulting or humiliating others in order to support my position or strengthen my case.
11. I will be responsible for myself, and responsible to and not for others.

One Comment to “Ten, actaully 11, things to think and say to yourself when you get the feeling you are headed for a crises…..”

  1. Right/Write on, Rod — I have another take on this. Nancy
    “If I ever fall out of an airplane, I hope I remember to be curious. Since it’s my last adventure, I hope I actually pay attention.”
    “If I ever fall out of an airplane, I hope I remember to do a few backflips on the way down!”
    “It would be nice to have a hand to link my hand with as we flip and tumble, hopeless, through the unmoved sky.”
    —Kate Braestrup’s “Marriage and Other Acts of Charity”

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