We need to build bridges, not walls
I recently saw a social media post that read:
Thinking of your child as behaving badly disposes you to think of punishment. Thinking of your child as struggling to handle something difficult encourages you to help them through their distress.
When someone behaves ‘badly’ (the key word here ‘badly’), you’ve made a judgment about them and the way they are expressing themselves.
They are bad. Bad child. Bad person. Bad behaviour.
Right now, all over the world, we see people behaving badly. We disagree with the way they are expressing themselves. We don’t like how they are communicating; trying to get their needs met. It’s inappropriate. Maybe even abusive.
The question is what do we do about it? Should we
- Ostracize or avoid?
- Judge, punish or scold?
- Wait for them to get healthier?
- Try to understand their struggle?
- Encourage them to find a healthier, more appropriate way to communicate with us?
- Change the way we are communicating with them?
Here’s the thing: If the relationship doesn’t matter much, you may decide to leave them; avoid and Stonewall. The outcome of this style of communication is guaranteed: You will not find peace. Period. You have built a wall. You against them. Conversation ended. Over and out.
Judging and arguing will not help either of you, either. What you defend against, you create. What you resist, persists. And all those fabulous Jungian catch-phrases. What you fear, you draw near. And so forth. And yes, I’ve been in this assertive, righteous place many many times with the people in my life. “Don’t you understand what I’m trying to teach you??? What is wrong with you??? How can you not see it my way???”
The reality is, I’m not just talking about your husband, child, parent, or neighbor here. I’m talking politics too.
I’m talking about life. Relationships. Living together. Loving each other. Getting along. Being ‘one people’ under God.
We need to build bridges, not walls with each other.
But what if ‘they’ are afraid of your bridge? They see it as another manipulative way to get over the wall they built? What if they see you as attacking them? They believe they need their wall and you want to build a damn bridge over it. Uh-uh. No way. Get back.
What do you do then?
You learn to communicate better. Clearer. Higher. More inclusive. More reasonable. Calmer. Smarter. Expansive. You change the way you are showing up.
Like it or not, if you aren’t ‘winning’ in your life, you need to change the way YOU are communicating. You may think your way is the right way, but if you aren’t being heard, seen, listened to, respected, only you can change your way. You have to learn how they are communicating and talk a language they understand.
We need to find common ground as our starting point.
If you feel like you are surrounded by people with walls—fear, anger, judgment—behaving badly, I want to help you to learn how to build bridges with the people in your life, in your community, and in your world.
Love can build a bridge. And I’m not talking about ‘gooey-ooey, woo woo’ love. I’m talking strength, intelligence, empathy, wisdom, compassion, reason, leadership, power. Let me show you how.
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Monday, November 21st
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Before you can lower your walls or build a bridge, you need to learn how to share your truths, stories, and experiences in a way that you will be heard. Seen. Respected.
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