By Terry Plotkin
I try to follow these precepts. I don’t always succeed, but I rely on them, at times, when situations arise. I invite you to offer your own in the comments section.
1. When in doubt take the high ground.
2. Start confrontations with a question. This gives the opportunity for the person to explain himself, retain his dignity, and may even help you keep your foot out of your mouth.
3. Treat everyone well. The more intimate you are with them, the more this is true.
4. Dont act out when wronged. It weakens your position, and takes you off the high ground.
5. Dont hide from the dark side of life. That is where lifes lessons are taught.
6. Rules matter, but know that some situations require exceptions. Therefore, one must always evaluate.
7. Withhold judgment until all the facts are in, and everyone has been heard from.
8. Guideline #7 is doubly true for anger. Anger is bad enough without going there on erroneous or partial information.
9. If someones action doesnt make sense on the surface, then there is a hidden agenda going on. Beware!
10. When in doubt whether you should swim or not, go ahead and jump. You never regret it.