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Keys to Compromise

Keys to Compromise (Illustration) Poetry

 

In the beginning
I thought I made
Heroic compromises;
I dwelled too much
On the "hero" part.

Establishing our home
I thought I should teach
Countless lessons;
I dwelled too much
On the "teaching" role.

During early disagreements
I thought I gave in
Unnecessarily;
I dwelled too much
On the "I" word.

I saw a multitude
Of faults:
I thought I needed
To correct his
Not mine

Until
I found the greatest fault
In me:
Trying to change him
Instead of myself.

Concerns are different now:

Does the issue really matter?
If the answer is "no"
What is the point?

What am I giving up?
If the answer is "nothing"
Why should I care?

Can I adjust my thinking?
If the answer is "yes"
Why waste time arguing?

We have learned to
Listen first
Think next
Speak last
Teach by example

We have found
Our keys to compromise.

If only
I didn't
Keep losing
Those keys!

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5186stories and lessons created

Original Release: Apr 24, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Jan 26, 2016


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