The last 20 years of my life have been more challenging than some of my earlier years. Of course, I had challenges in my 20s and 30s, but my 40s and 50s have brought more conflict. I’m reminded of an old movie about Chief Joseph: I Will Fight No More Forever.
A series of events has created more conflict in my life. I got married in 1999. Unfortunately, that union did not last due to mental health issues that created much conflict. I currently have a 16-year-old daughter who tends to be a bit more defiant than an average teen. Although, my job as a college instructor is pretty benign, inside politics occasionally raises its ugly head.
Politics have also created more conflict among friends and family members in general over the past 10-15 years. I’ve never experienced so much political unrest in my lifetime. Just get on social media and see how many arguments about politics you find.
People are constantly fighting. I’m sick and tired of it all. My plan: I will fight no more.
Logically, there’s no way to avoid conflict completely. But as I get closer to retirement, I can see a time when I might be able to avoid the majority of conflicts that seem to plague me. And a big part of avoiding conflict is simply to choose to walk away. – dse
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