Commonplace Book # 11

“Is it logical that two people can disagree and that both can be right? It’s not logical; it’s psychological. And it’s very real. And unless we value the differences in our perceptions, unless we value each other and give credence to the possibility that we’re both right, that life is not always a dichotomous either/or, that there are always third alternatives, we will never be able to transcend the limits of conditioning.” – Barton, Bruce. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Calendar.

Most scenarios that we can think of have a winner and a loser. Games and sports obviously are that dichotomous. However, this is not always the case. My father taught me that is isn’t whether you win or lose but how you play the game. This advice has served me well. For instance, I can play chess with my brother and lose every single game. Yet, just having the opportunity to play with him and share this time makes it special. So, even when he whips my sorry little butt, I don’t lose.