This week’s conflict resolution tip is about the importance of an act of generosity in conflict resolution.
When we’re in conflict, an act of generosity can function as a catalyst that begins the process of conflict resolution. By being generous and making the first concession with the other person, you are able to continue to communicate with them effectively. Often, when we’re in these situations, we ask, “Why do I have to take the high ground?” and defer responsibility to the other person. While this is a good question, it can easily get you stuck in conflict. Instead of wondering why you have to make the first concession, it’s better to recognize what your goal is. If your goal is to resolve the conflict and build more peace in your life, then an act of generosity may be the best way of doing this. By making the first concession, this does not mean the other person is right and you are wrong. It simply means you are being generous in that moment. If you want to build more peace into your life, an act of generosity may be a helpful consideration.