Perhaps, like me, you’ve felt sadly concerned over the growing divisiveness in our nation. When I read the news or listen to weekly roundtable discussions, the voices calling for understanding and unity are often drowned out by angry shouts from opposing sides where people are digging deeper trenches, preparing for battle.
Each side is absolutely convinced they are right. So sure, in fact, that the only reason they consider a differing opinion is to find the best argument against it. They don’t listen. They aren’t curious. Neither side seems interested in understanding an alternative point of view.
On a smaller scale, I witness the same dynamic in my office each week.
I ended up with an “open” day today. I woke up thinking about all the ways I would utilize this unexpected time to its fullest and so decided to tackle some storage, brimming with Christmas decorations I may or may not want to keep. Motivated by these aspirations, I first sat down to start my day with some journal time and coffee.
As Tim left, he mentioned two or three office related things that needed my attention. Okay, add that to the list. No problem. As my journal sat on my lap, along with a book I am trying to make my way through, I grabbed my iPad so I could shoot out a couple emails before I forgot.
But wait, as I opened my email, there was a letter from a client, asking me to look over an article which really impacted her. Okay, click on that link. But WAIT! I have to get back to sending out those other two emails. Oh gosh, I really need to journal…
At the end of last year, we ran a survey through our AffairHealing.com site, asking people who were still in "affair recovery" to answer questions about their experience of 2106 and their hope for 2017.
When we asked, When you think about love, what do you hope for most in 2017?" here were the words most commonly used in their responses: