Conflict Coaching

My newest passion has kept me busy as of late. I am endeavoring to gain further skills in conflict mediation. Do you know anyone in conflict? You do? I thought so.

I heard a story right along these lines. A man was standing at the bed of his dying wife, she told him she had but one request. Leaning toward her hanging on her every word he stated, “anything, you name it.” She surprised him by saying that she wanted him to promise that he would ride to the cemetery in the car with her mother. The husband was taken back. He hadn’t spoken to his mother-in-law in 10 years. She was such a nag. The wife begged him to promise that he would indeed sit with her Mom all the way to the cemetery. Realizing his wife would not take no for an answer he said begrudgingly, Okay I will, (sigh) but it’ll ruin my day!”

Sometimes our conflict makes us focus on issues that would appear rather misguided in comparison to the bigger picture. One small example here, does it really matter where we choose to go on vacation? Isn’t one less day in the office anywhere, better than spending it at (you fill in the blank)! Resolving conflict really does require negotiation and a new way of thinking.

A husband had battled his wife for years over her bad attitude and had reached his breaking point. Reading the newspaper one afternoon his wife came home and began complaining as she always had done. The first thing from her mouth was, “You won’t believe the day I’ve had!”

Quickly trying to defuse another volatile conversation he emphatically said, “Stop! There’s a new rule in this house. Unless you can say anything positive, don’t open your mouth!” The wife taken back by her husband’s new initiative changed the pitch of her voice immediately. Speaking softly with a fake cheery demeanor she said with excitement “then honey, you’ll be happy to know the air bags work!”

Herein lies the quandary of the marriage relationship. If disagreements arise often between a husband and wife and they do, why aren’t we better experts at resolving it after umpteen years of togetherness? I’d really like to answer that question but I can’t. My wife is reading this over my shoulder and if I told you my opinion, it may cause a conflict!

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I am an individual who analyzes all facets of life in the hopes of squeezing out some of the humorous parts.
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1 Response to Conflict Coaching

  1. Tesa says:

    On a more serious note…. (Not sure you want serious notes on this so delete if you wish) but …. I think the American idea of “rights” and pursuit of happiness has somehow made it into the Christian worldview and into our marital relationships. As a Christian we know this life ISN’T fair and we have no…. zero rights within the Kingdom of God. Within the Kingdom of God we give up our rights and our desires. We die daily and sacrifice our lives for love. We take the hits of unfairness and offer them up to God as a sacrifice– in His mercy and grace He makes us new and the offering perfect. He is our justice.

    (I am not speaking of physical abuse here but of forgiveness of normal relationships.)

    The Kingdom of Heaven is paved with the gold of forgiveness, true forgiveness and that can only be done with a direct link to Heaven’s grace. He does the forgiving IN us and THROUGH us. But we have to fall to our knees and ask for it, struggle for it and die to self and pride. It is its own purgatory.

    In conflict resolution between Christians, you have to first let everyone know that nothing is fair and you have no rights. It is all about forgiveness and turning from the ways of selfishness and wickedness. Nothing less than that will ever resolve conflicts. It is Heaven’s way.

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