July 8, 2011

Getting Along

by Rechell Williams (author's profile)


8:24 a.m.

Getting Along

Getting along with each other requires more than compliance, it calls for cooperation. Validate the other person's feelings! Never try to talk someone out of how they feel. Listen without being defensive, and nod that you understand, even when you don't agree. Feelings aren't always true or logical, but, until they're validated, you won't get anywhere. When you are willing to emphasize with someone's feelings, it says, "I care about our relationship more than our differences; you matter to me."

Sure, it's a sacrifice to patiently absorb somebody's anger, especially when it's unfounded, but remember: that's what Jesus does for you!

Confession is a powerful tool. When you can admit your own flaws, it defuses the other person's anger because they're expecting you to be defensive. Don't make excuses or shift blame, just acknowledge your part.

Rechell Williams III #V-69138
Corcoran State Prison, CA


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hana Posted 5 years, 9 months ago. ✓ Mailed 5 years, 9 months ago   Favorite
I read your letter on getting along. I loved it. Thank you for sharing it. It is really important to learn how to get along with others. Have you read Napoleon Hill? He follows Jesus's words and has a similar philosophy to yours. I think you'll like him. He gives great advice about how to succeed you need to learn to get along with others. Think positive

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