About ten years ago, I received very positive audience response to a talk I gave in church, probably because it dealt with situations most people could identify with. I recently ran across a Word document that contains the post I subsequently wrote for this blog containing the substance of that talk. For some unknown reason, the original post seems to have disappeared. So here it is again:
What are some of the things that prevent us from achieving more harmony in our
adult family relationships? Selfishness and pride are often the culprits. But
many times, I think it is misunderstandings that promote strife, hurt feelings
and alienation. We all have different personalities, and we see things from
different perspectives. We can't always find the right words to express our
feelings; and sometimes we let the emotion of the moment lead us to say things
we don't really mean, and immediately regret. If left unresolved,
misunderstandings in the family can foster mounting stress, anger, and
resentment, and may prevent us from enjoying the trust and confidence of those
we love most.
I’ve heard it said that when faced with difficulties in a relationship, we can choose
to build either walls, or bridges. A few years ago I had an experience with one
of our adult children which taught me how useful bridge-building can be in
uncovering and resolving misunderstandings.
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