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Compromise and Consequence

Wednesday, March 13, 2019



My dad was great at negotiating deals, solving conflicts and "finding the middle way". His philosophy was that every deal should have "something for everyone," meaning of course that the best negotiations end with all parties feeling that, while they may not have achieved everything they wanted, they got a ‘fair’ amount and that their needs and beliefs are respected.

The art of compromise, when done with honest intention and genuine good will, can solve most problems.

"Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity. It is what makes nations great and marriages happy"
Phyllis McGinley

"In what we call "real life"--if we want to be successful, if we want to get on in the long-term--we always have to come to some kind of compromise with our own emotions: I can't overreact NOW! I have to accept THIS! I have to ignore THAT!

We're forever having to tailor our emotions to the circumstances; - We go easy on the people we love, we slip into our hundred little daily roles, we juggle, we balance, we weigh things up so as not to jeopardize the entire structure, because we, ourselves have a stake in it."

Daniel Glattauer, Love Virtually. 

 But there ARE times when there is no room for compromise. Mostly, the interests of the majority are best served by making allowances, by compromising. But there are times when we benefit more by applying the rules consistently and fairly. There are times we have to take responsibility for the consequences of our actions.

Debate currently rages around 'leaders' in the news for poor behaviour: - sports stars like the Australian Test Cricket trio suspended a year ago for cheating, various NRL players facing criminal charges, through to greedy acts by the banks and financial institutions. 

Rules of respect, safety and and honesty exist for the benefit of all and the only real way to lead is by good example. The rules should be strictly adhered to by our role models and leaders in all fields. Actions always have consequences and we are better off learning to take responsibility sooner rather than later. 

Have a fair week.