What is a Crucial Conversation?
After having several conversations turn bad recently, and then coming to the point of not getting over the hurdles, I stopped, picked up the book, “Crucial Conversations” by Patteson, Grenny, McMillan and Switzler. I read a year ago or so, but it seemed obvious to me that I simply hadn’t taken the time to really get through the principles and have them applied to my life.
Wow! What a book. I read 3-4 chapters in one sitting. I was so impressed with it, that I wanted Gail to read it too – and my older kids. So, I downloaded the audible version of it, and have been adding to my knowledge by listening too. Whew!
So, it’s not my wife’s fault. It’s not my son’s fault. It’s not my brother’s fault. We are just having crucial conversations. And in doing so, we are learning to communicate without the emotion, without the danger, without the angst.
And the truth is in the book – I need to work on my own attitudes and actions and not seek to control anyone else. Ouch!
Make a Difference begins again…
I’m restarting this blog right now. In the past it has been a few random details, and mainly my prayer journal. Today I begin the journey again, seeking to make a difference. I’m not 45 years old! Sheesh! I don’t know how that happened so quickly. And of course, as soon as I say that, I’m starting to sound even older in my mind because I’m sounding like all the old people who I grew up around. But as I enter this phase of life, I truly want to seek to make a difference in life – in someone’s life.
Certainly I am. I have 5.5 kids (the 6th one is due December 24, 2007). Gail and I have been married nearly 20 years now. Certainly those lives I am touching and continuing to contribute to – in positive and negative ways. It’s my constant goal, to grow in the positives and minimize the negatives – as it is with probably anyone.
So, welcome on this journey through my thoughts and my adventure in a world gone crazy. As I seek to talk about making a difference.
Make a Difference!
Lead Pastor of The Adventure