I have a question for you.
But before I ask it, I want to wish you and your family great health, peace and happiness in the New Year. I send my best to you as you plan for the year ahead. Stay in touch!
Now, here’s the question.
Can we talk to the people we disagree with?
Percy Sutton passed away this weekend. He was the longest serving Manhattan Borough
Here’s the quotation I wanted to highlight from the New York Times article by Douglas Martin. Percy Sutton said,
“You ought to keep the lines of communication open with those with whom you disagree.”
Here’s my reason for focusing on this quotation. Just think what would happen if we all followed this advice. Just think how it would help our families, careers, and the world. The Law of the Garbage Truck helps us to focus on what’s important in our lives. Martin did a great job of placing that quotation in the article. It helped Sutton – whether you’re a fan or not – accomplish great things. He succeeded. He failed. He succeeded. He kept reaching.
Why break off communication with people who have an important influence in our lives? This is true for our families, workplaces, and communities. Sure, there may be an exception to this rule, but let’s focus on the broader intention of being able to communicate with the people who play a role in our lives.
Here’s the question again: Can we talk to the people we disagree with?
I believe when our answer is “yes” to this question, we are happier, more successful, and we make the world a better place.
Let me know what you think.
I’m David J. Pollay. I wrote The Law of the Garbage Truck to help people take control of their lives. When we follow The Law of the Garbage Truck, we increase our happiness and we increase civility in the world. Let me know what things you’re doing to make the world a more beautiful place.
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