We want our relationships to run smoothly. We want these things, expect others to compromise and yet we don’t always compromise, with some of us not choosing to compromise at all.
But being open helps us to compromise. Being open allows us to be honest in what we’re asking and what we’re expecting back from others. The dynamics of our relationships are very much the catalyst of how we choose to communicate, how we interact with others.
From around the age of 7 those patterns are already formed. Our upbringing, our environment, family dynamics, everything we emotionally have to deal with, play a part in how we choose to interact and whether we will compromise. If we compromise as children, we will be more compromising as adults.
Although relationships should be based on compromise, we must never compromise on bad behaviour. By bad behaviour, I mean living without integrity or a moral compass, using sarcasm or the ego as a communication tool, not being honest and using words that belittle or set out to hurt.
We should all want to communicate with truth, integrity, sincerity and decency. When we learn to incorporate all of those into our lives, there will be no reason for us not to compromise.