Mending Fences with Friends and Family by One Good Thing by Jillee
What happens when you fight with a loved one and you’re at an impasse? Who makes the first move? How do extend the proverbial olive branch to mend the rift? I appreciate this post so much by Jillee, she gives excellent advice that we can all use. ~Rebecca
In my heart of hearts and in my rational mind, I knew that our spat wouldn’t last forever, I knew I personally couldn’t hold a grudge that long, BUT I definitely wasn’t going to let go of it anytime soon! Ironically, the harder I tried to hold onto it, the more miserable I became. One of my favorite quotes is: “Holding a grudge is like drinking the poison and expecting the other person to die.” It’s so true! We hope the other person is suffering like we are and expect them to know how much they have hurt us and make amends. But that doesn’t always happen, and before you know it, weeks, months, even years pass and we continue to hold onto our grudges like a security blanket. Unfortunately, that blanket doesn’t bring us any or security at all. Ultimately, forgiveness, compromise and acceptance are the only things that can soothe feelings and fix relationships. So how can we mend fences with family (or friends) when it seems like such an insurmountable task?
ABOUT JILL: She started her website in June of 2011 and has enjoyed a meteoric rise in readership since that time. She attributes this success to savvy readers that desire to enrich their lives while recognizing the need to conserve time, money and resources. Her background in broadcast journalism and television talk show production have proved to be the perfect compliment for her blogging career and website mantra: “Sorting through the beautiful clutter of life to find that One Good Thing each day and sharing it with you.”
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