Building Bridges & Inspiring Good

If you have listened to Taylor Swift’s music for any amount of time, along with most popular music, you will agree relationships can get complicated.

Why you gotta go and make things so complicated?

It’s too late to apologize, it’s too late.

You should of said no, you should have gone home…

The seven things I hate about you…

Think about it though, you are trying to get two people with different backgrounds, different up-bringings, different beliefs, different ways of thinking, different understandings to wind up on the same page. It’s difficult sometimes. Well I would challenge you, whether a work relationship, friendship, peer relationship, or otherwise, to build bridges not walls.

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We build walls when we demand to be understood. We build walls when we demand to be heard. We build walls when we refuse to compromise. We build walls when we refuse to be wrong.

As we have often heard, communication is a two way street, however we can often block the oncoming traffic, preventing them from coming through. We can put up road blocks slowing or preventing the traffic flow. For communication to work we must keep both lanes open. We must allow others to communicate, but we too must communicate. What is not said is not communicated, and remember, it doesn’t matter what you say, it matters what another person understands you to say. Even misunderstandings leave two people at fault.

We build bridges when we seek to understand. We build bridges when we decide to listen. We build bridges when we choose to compromise. We build bridges when we admit our faults (even when we don’t feel wrong).

I will leave you with this final thought. We can’t always afford to be right. We all want to be right; it feels good to be right, but we can’t always afford to be right. Relationships are the most valuable thing we have on earth, but can be easily lost if we demand to be right. To keep and establish solid relationships we must build bridges of communication and tear down the walls that block others from getting through.

What are ways you build bridges and tear down walls?


My FaceAn Inspiring Good Post by Dalayna Dillon

Dalayna is the founder of Kyrie Coffee and creator of kyriecoffee.wordpress.com. She is a youth pastor by trade and Christ-follower at heart. She is passionate about impacting the world with the message of Jesus and inspiring change in lives and in the world however possible. Dalayna loves coffee, adventures, criminal shows, Taylor Swift, creating, growing, and people.

Talk with Dalayna on Twitter & Instagram: @dalaynalanee

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One thought on “Building Bridges & Inspiring Good

  1. Rachel Wightman says:

    Read this in a book the other day called Tables in the Wilderness. Challenged me and is right in line with what your post was about…
    “Rightness no longer mattered-it rarely does when you are unkind.”
    And then he goes onto say…
    “But you should have gone to them. And then you go again and again and again and again because that’s the way of grace. You keep going back. You keep offering the chance to have a true conversation.”
    Got me good 🙂 Thought it was worth sharing. Relationships require THAT kind of grace. The grace that tears down pride and the walls that pride builds and is always open and willing to have the conversation AGAIN with the hope that it could go differently…because that is how Jesus loves and handles us…the conversation is never closed. He is always open and hopeful that we will respond positively.

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