Compromise

Webster Online Dictionary defines this word as

1 a : settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions b : something intermediate between or blending qualities of two different things
2 : a concession to something derogatory or prejudicial a compromise of principles

But what does compromise mean? well for a long time I thought that compromise was letting someone else win or letting that other person win… but the reality is that the word means a lot more than just that. Compromise is really coming to a middle ground, understanding the other person’s position and then agreeying to disagree but at the same time coming to some middle grownd.

During high school I was part of a conflict resolution team that was formed, and even though we did not exercise it much, it was supposed to stop or mediate conflict between students by students. Kind of a peer mediation thing. I think a lot of people confuse compromise, and I now wish I had the understanding of the word I do now back then.

I think the key to compromise is that both parties involved in the situation have to feel like they got a fair share. Compromise is not about taking someone elses position or point of view, or changing yours in any way… is about coming up with a creative way to solve the problem so both parties feel equal in the end.

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