A great motto to live by. A motto I often refer to but don’t realize how much I use until I stop to reflect. Just yesterday, this time tested theory came to the rescue.
In the middle of disagreement with my spouse, I had the foresight to ask myself some important questions:
1. What do I stand to gain if I compromise?
2. What do i stand to lose if I don’t compromise?
3. Is happiness in my relationship more important that this issue to me?
What could have easily been a two or three day argument with lasting repercussions ended about an hour after it started. Do I still think I was right in my position in the argument? I do. Would holding out and potentially proving my point feel good in the long run? Most likely. Do I resent giving in and compromising? No. Will I hold on to resentment for making peace? No, I forgive and accept that two people may not alway think alike, but love is a stronger force.
I took the high road. Next time, I may do so again. Or next time, it may be more important for me to stand my ground. Who knows? What I do know is that yesterday I chose not to battle and today I am glad I did.