The book “Difficult Conversations” encourages everyone to reflect on their contribution to a any given conflict or difficult situation. I have found this to be a challenging practice, but, as with most practices, one that gets easier over time. Yesterday I was part of a minor conflict among friends which presented more between two other friends. I realized that my perpetual “niceness” was actually a contributing factor to their anger with one another — but only &...

The book “Difficult Conversations” encourages everyone to reflect on their contribution to a any given conflict or difficult situation. I have found this to be a challenging practice, but, as with most practices, one that gets easier over time. Yesterday I was part of a minor conflict among friends which presented more between two other friends. I realized that my perpetual “niceness” was actually a contributing factor to their anger with one another — but only “a” factor, we can’t let our egos get away with taking all the credit, even if it is something negative! Anyway, this realization did help me be more compassionate with each of them, and helped me help them understand the other’s point of view better.

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