I titled this post before I started writing it, with the intention of talking about the one piece of a difficult conversation that steers the ship--my purpose for holding it. Then, it occurred to me that the purpose of any conversation is intimately connected to the purpose for my life, my work, my reason for being. For example:
- Why do I hold certain conversations and not others?
- What makes this one worthy of my energy and time?
- How would things unfold if I didn't bring up the issue?
- What are the consequences of this decision, pro and con?
A lot goes into the decision for me and, I hope, for you. Because whether and how I express myself, listen, acknowledge you (if I do), and look for mutual ground (or not), says a lot about who I am...