Day 39 ~ March 10 ~ Dialogue
“When our communication supports compassionate giving and receiving, happiness replaces violence and grieving.” ~ Marshall Rosenberg
“A healthy society is one in which ... those who disagree can do so with honor and respect for other people's opinions, and an appreciation for our shared humanity. ” ~ Marianne Williamson
“The best way to solve problems and to fight against war is through dialogue.”
~ Malala Yousafzai
Loh Swaney, age 12, China
Peace Pals International
As ‘nonviolent communication’ replaces our old patterns of defending, withdrawing or attacking in the face of judgment and criticism, we come to perceive ourselves and others, as well as our intentions and relationships, in a new light. Resistance, defensiveness, and violent reactions are minimized. - Marshall Rosenberg, creator of Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
“To practice the process of conflict resolution, we must completely abandon the goal of getting people to do what we want.” ~ Marshall Rosenberg
If we think we are right, how open will we be to hearing someone else’s point of view? How available for discussion can we be if we feel the need to defend a position? Today I release preconceived notions of right/wrong and win/lose so that dialogue becomes possible.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and do not enter into the spirit of argument. Listen with an open heart, with compassion, to the truth as perceived by others.
Lynz Lee, age 14, Malaysia
Peace Pal International
Action for Teens
We might not always agree with other people, but when we truly listen to what they have to say, we are having a dialogue. We say what we think, and then we listen to the other person so we can understand what they think and learn from them. Today, engage in dialogues and not in arguments.
Action for Children
Choose not to argue today. Discuss without arguing.
“Dialogue is a conversation between equals, whose destination is unknown.”
~ Martin Buber
"The reality today is that we are all interdependent and have to co-exist on this small planet. Therefore, the only sensible and intelligent way of resolving differences and clashes of interests, whether between individuals or nations, is through dialogue."
- The Dalai Lama