The Sure Word for Today's quotation for the week:
God Comforts My Soul.
The Five Stages of Conflict — Part 5.
In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
Psalm 94:19 (KJV).
The Manifest conflict is when the two conflicting parties engage in behaviour that evokes a response from each other. The Manifest Stage can take several forms, including actions like phone calls, text or multimedia messages, e-mails, face-to-face meetings, or any situation in which the conflict could be observed. Remember, the manifest stage is about response or reaction. This means that the conflicting parties can reach a solution based on if they respond or react in the manifest stage. If it is a reaction, then there is aggression, which can cause more discomfort and stress.
Most of the time, recognising and addressing the misunderstanding that created the conflict will lead to a fast and effective resolution. The solutions are not always easy because emotions speak louder than reasoning. Both parties play the victim. The parties are both hurt. The conflicting parties believed the other party is wrong, so they expect their demands to be met. This increases the tension and results in escalation.
The lifespan of a conflict depends on the conflicting parties. It depends on their attitude, how they look at the situation, what they want to see, and how they intend to deal with their perception. Things are not always the way they seem. Looking at things from only your perspective is not a guarantee you are right, and they are wrong. The manifest stage is when both parties should root out the cause and turn the situation into something positive. But emotions are always in the way. You must rise above your feelings.
The conflict is not a problem, but your attitude is. Your attitude is important than the facts. It is more important than the root cause. Your attitude is more important than the past, the education, the money, the circumstance, the shame, the disgrace, the embarrassment, the failure, the success, and it is more important than what other people think or say.
Your attitude is a way of looking at things. It takes two for a conflict to explode, but it takes attitude for one to compromise and see things differently. Attitude is a reflection. Your attitude to life determines the attitude of life towards you. Your attitude determines how far you progress.
All Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the HOLY BIBLE unless otherwise indicated.
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