If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18
“I will do only those things that are both good for the relationship and good for us, whether or not they return my goodwill.”
1. I will balance reason with emotion.
Even if they are acting only emotionally or with indifferent reason, I will balance emotions and reason.
2. I will work at understanding.
Even if they misunderstand me, I will try to understand them.
3. I will work at good communication.
Even if they are not listening, I will listen to them and talk to them on matters that affect them.
4. I will be trustworthy.
Even if they are trying to lie to me or deceive me, I will be trustworthy.
5. I will use persuasion rather than bullying or force.
Even if they are trying to bully me or force me, I will be open to persuasion and try to persuade them.
6. I will work at acceptance.
Even if they reject me and my concerns as unworthy of their consideration, I will accept them as worthy of my consideration, care about them, and be open to learning from them.
Adapted by Tony Redfern; Prepared by Ron Claassen; Adapted from Getting Together: Building Relationships that Get to Yes, by Roger Fisher and Scott Brown.