Conflict is a natural part of human interaction. If dealt with correctly, it can actually be a positive and highly beneficial “springboard” for change and growth.
As a culture, we're surrounded by relationship conflict especially everywhere we go and in everything we do. It's the “driving force” behind most television shows, movies, plays, novels, and even cartoons. It's the primary factor in entertainment, and especially so in reality television. Not only are our history books brimming with relationship conflict, but it’s often the top story (conflict in it's simplest of forms) in today’s newspaper and media broadcasts.
Think about it... I'm willing to bet one of the songs that's been stuck in your head, is about some form of relationship injury or drama.
Your favorite show or movie probably has some sort of complicated love triangle.
You've supported a friend through a tough fight or break up with their partner.
Or you may have just learned about your favorite artist, actor or famous couple that is rumored to have issues.
So if we’re getting regular exposure to confrontation through our entertainment and media outlets, why don’t we recognize it when it’s heading straight for us? Why is it that we can't seem to realize where the breadcrumbs lay that lead us to potential pitfalls? If it's one of the most commonly occurring interpersonal experiences that we encounter, why are we so unprepared to handle it?
Marinate on these questions and as you do connect with me on social media and share your thoughts!