Last month in February, we focused on our individual worth and on self-esteem. Individual efforts really can do quite a bit to change the world around us, but we can do so much more if we resolve conflicts and work together.
The celebration color for March is "DOVE WHITE. "WHITE" is the color of truce and also the traditional color of the lamb. For a long time I have looked for information about how white came to be the color of truce and I haven’t found it yet. Perhaps you, one of my readers, will find it some day.
Our "climate" is composed of much more than the weather. We create our "habit-tat" with our habits and attitudes. More than anything else, whether or not the sun is shining, you determine the climate of your day.
Even if you begin this month of March like a lion, decide to go out like a lamb. Think about St. Patrick's Day and the terrible conflicts that families have endured in Ireland. Send them your prayers and wishes for peace and healing.
Work on your relationships during MARCH. We all would like to strengthen our bonds with co-workers, family and friends and this is the month to do it. Take time to resolve conflicts you have had with others. Lighten up, give a little, and compromise. You will be happier and healthier for the effort.
Ann Landers, once suggested that we observe a National Reconciliation Day. As part of the GOLDEN RULE REVOLUTION, we now have one whole month to do that - this month of March.
Resolving conflicts with someone that you disagree with takes a lot of courage but this is the time to begin. Start with a smile and begin "mending fences" Pick up the phone or write a letter. Take a few extra minutes with someone who gives you problems. Try to learn more about their point of view. Life is too short to hold grudges. Forgiving others is a great feeling. Reach out today, perhaps right in your own home.
Goal for the month: Patch-up a relationship with at least one person.
"Together We Can Brighten the World We All Share"
An Anonymous Story Received by E:mail
There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.
The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.
Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.
The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same.
A verbal wound is as bad, sometimes even worse than a physical one. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like the holes in the fence. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there.
In March, Remember to..... Resolve Conflicts!
by Arnie McFarland, Written February 17, 1992
Sometimes there's a reason for the way you feel,
Cause somebody's made you mad.
And there are times when someone is mad at you.
Hey, you know that you've been bad.
Well all of us know that for the month of March,
If we take the first step and try,
To end the fight between them and you,
You might get a big surprise.
If you forgive them and they forgive you,
You'll feel like a brand new day.
Resolving conflicts takes away stress. Come on! Try it the caring habits way.
In the month of March its "take the first step".
You know you can do it too.
Resolving conflicts isn’t easy,
But there's something in it for you.