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Intentional Conversations

Several weeks ago I saw a semi truck stuck in the entrance to a grocery store. The truck was perched atop a triangular median that separated the entering and exiting traffic. The front end of the truck was on one side of the entrance while the rear on the other with the median right in the middle. It reminded me of the time that I drove my parentís new car to the grocery store. Iíd just turned 16 and this was one of my first driving experiences alone. When I got in the car to go home I put the car in drive and accelerated, just a little so I could slowly drive forward out of the lot. The car didnít move. I accelerated a bit more and suddenly the whole front end of the car lifted up and bam it crashed down as I drove over the parking barrier. I forgot it was there and should have backed out. There I was like that semi stuck in the middle of a mess. Backwards or forward either way I had to drive over that curb again. There was no way to avoid it.

it2.jpg (329546 bytes)An issue arose last week that I had no way of avoiding. I needed to have an intentional conversation. I do not like intentional conversations because they are uncomfortable and never pleasant. However this situation was such that I had to address the matter. I thought about the conversation, I prayed about it, I took a deep breath and then I went and kicked the hornetís nest.

it3.jpg (315982 bytes)The issue is still unresolved. I got stung a few times and surprisingly I have a sense of peace. Iíll bet you didnít expect that, but I said what needed to be said in the most humble and gracious manner I could and now the result is out of my hands. I simply wait. Sometimes you find yourself in situations where there is no clear cut painless answer. I want to encourage you to muster up the courage and face the issue.  Donít let your speaking ability or your ability to debate stop you from addressing the issue.  Say what needs to be said and then pat yourself on the back and for standing up for what you believe in. Regardless of the outcome you will feel better.

it4.jpg (140614 bytes) ďIt's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important.  You have to do the right thing.  It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing.  You may never know what results come from your action.  But if you do nothing, there will be no result.Ē Ė Gandhi