I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

Mending fences

on December 19, 2012

mending fenceWhen you use the term ‘mending fences’ in reference to relationships, it means that you are trying to repair a relationship with someone.   Communication breakdowns can result in people holding grudges against each other and this can cause serious problems in their relationships, often just from a silly argument or minor disagreement that gets blown way out of proportion.

People may want to reconcile their differences, but pride often gets in the way – nobody wants to admit they are wrong.  We all see things from a different perspective and it can be hard to understand the other side – however there are always 2 sides or more to a problem.  It doesn’t really matter who was right or wrong, how it started or how big the problem has become – what matters is the relationship with this person or person(s).

How do we ‘mend fences”?  It can be difficult but well worth the effort to try.cats sitting on fence

  • Don’t wait for the other person(s) to come to you, go to them.
  • In a nice, non-threatening way, ask if you can talk to them
  • Apologize and admit that you were wrong in some way
  • Tell the person how special they are and that you want to continue being their friend

Christmas is an excellent time to mend some fences.  Show your family and friends how much you really love them.   Give them a priceless gift this Christmas – yourself!

A short poem to share – There’s More to Christmas…
  There’s more, much more to Christmas
  Than candle-light and cheer;
  It’s the spirit of sweet friendship
  That brightens all the year;
  It’s thoughtfulness and kindness,
  It’s hope reborn again,
  For peace, for understanding
  And for goodwill to men!     ~Unknown


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