The 7 People You Meet At Thanksgiving & How To Deal With Them
Holidays can be “interesting.” They bring out the best in people…or the worst. But regardless of who you encounter, a few simple steps can bring the joy back into your holidays!
Everyone you encounter is unique…and significant! That’s why it’s so important to learn how to encourage others and truly embrace their differences, so we can ALL learn to work together – in unity, instead of division.
Everyone is different… different backgrounds, different upbringings, different beliefs. And along with all those differences, everyone also carries different pasts and different cultural influences. We all have different states of mind and points of view.
It’s such a beautiful thing. But those differences can also be sources of conflict. Differences can cause arguments and dissension in the home, in your workplace and in every relationship. Why? A lack of unity.
Unity provides the only way to truly appreciate other people’s gifts, allowing them to live, work and thrive within those gifts. Unity, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is a condition of harmony and the only way we, with all of our differences, can come together to accomplish anything.
Unfortunately, three things kill unity and may actually sabotage your relationships. Now don’t read these things and think, “Oh, so-and-so really needs to read this! They totally have this problem.” That may be so… but that’s not what this is about. I want you to find the maturity to examine your life and your relationships, to see if any of these might be present.
Whether together or even individually, all three of these things KILL unity and DESTROY harmony. They cause conflicts, arguments, bitterness and resentment in relationships.
So, exactly how do you BUILD unity? Just as there are unity “killers,” there are also unity “builders.”
It all comes down to this: Everyone you encounter is unique. We all have different stories, different feelings, gifts and dreams. Each person in your family, your office, your church, your client base, your community is different… and significant!
That’s why it’s so important to learn how to encourage other people’s strengths and coach them within their weaknesses – without condemnation – to truly embrace their differences. We all need each other. And we can all learn from each other! We can learn to work together, in unity… instead of division.
Now don’t mistake unity as conforming to one “socially acceptable” idea. A lack of wisdom tries to force conformity, instead of unity. But this is foolishness. I believe true unity is diversity working in harmony. It appreciates the strengths and weaknesses of each individual and comes together to form a mutually-beneficial relationship.
This applies in your home, your workplace and your community. Where there is unity, there is harmony and teamwork. Where there is unity, your influence explodes and bottom line increases. Where there is unity, relationships flourish. Where there is unity, there is freedom for each person to truly be who they were designed to be.
You’ve seen today the importance of unity to a family or organization. So right now, I want you to think of 10 people, who need to read this. Go ahead and share this post on Facebook and Twitter. Then, I’d love to know your thoughts on The Daily Fix. Do you agree? Disagree? Please share your comments with me below!
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