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How does the following quote apply to your life? "Conflict is inevitable, but combat is...

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carsonpearson | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted March 18, 2013 at 7:11 PM via web

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How does the following quote apply to your life?

"Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional." ~Max Lucado

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM (Answer #1)

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This quote can apply to every part of our lives.  It can apply to our romantic relationships, to our relationships with coworkers or classmates, and to our relationships with our children or parents.

In every relationship, there is inevitably going to be a time when conflict arises.  There will be times when your coworkers think that a job should be done one way and you think it should be done differently.  There will be times when you think that you should manage your money one way and your spouse wants to do it differently.  There will be times when children think their parents are too strict and parents think their children are getting away with too much.  All of this is inevitable as human beings cannot always have the same attitudes and ideas about every aspect of their relationships.

However, it is not necessary for this conflict to erupt into true fights.  People can disagree with one another in ways that are productive.  They can acknowledge the other person’s point of view and discuss their respective views respectfully.  In these ways, conflict can be managed so that combat can be avoided.

People will always disagree, but they will not have to openly fight about the things on which they disagree.

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