Sometimes people have deeply help beliefs on topics like politics that prevent them from hearing a different point of view.
No amount of shouting seems to work to get through to some people and can lead to high levels of frustration.
It’s a common scenario, when the structure of a family is altered by separation or divorce, issues come up which can benefit from open discussion in order to better understand the new family dynamic.
Without attention, such issues can escalate and further strain family connections. But talking about those issues is difficult. How do you even begin? What happens if conversations spin out of control?
This is the time of year many of us look forward to the holidays and make plans to reunite with loved ones. For many, our long-established rituals are characterized by a sense of love, happiness, and compassion. Our shared beliefs rejoin us at these special times of the year, however, as many have experienced, sometimes this familial togetherness harkins old tensions we hoped time and space would have healed.
Let’s begin by pondering a few questions. First, if you had a choice, would you always want to be happy? Second, if you had a choice, would you live a life absent of conflict?
I bet you’re thinking, “What’s the catch? If I had a choice, of course I’d rather be happy all the time AND have a life without conflict.”