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A new beginning

on Tuesday, 26 February 2019. Posted in Columns, Opinions

By: William Mingus, III

Taking this job has come with some creative outlets. Growing up I never really liked English and creative writing classes. When I got to high school and college, they seemed to come easier to me. For my first editorial I was stumped on what I should write about. A general introduction just seemed too easy since I have been working with at The News Journal since October as the Advertising Consultant. So, I was trying to think of something with more substance and then inspiration struck.

I was sitting in a Rotary meeting when a question made me think. “What if everyone used the Rotary Four-Way Test to address conflicts, solve problems, and make decisions to achieve desired outcomes? Would everyone be more successful in reaching mutually beneficial, sustainable, and scalable solutions? Peace is when people are able to resolve conflicts without violence and are willing to work with each other for a just and better life.”

Is it the Truth? I am pretty sure if this was utilized most of the arguments we see today would not exist. How many times have we shared information without checking the source first? I know that I myself have been guilty of this a time or two.

Is it fair to all concerned? When faced with a conflict and we express our feelings and opinions, are we allowing that other person to express their feelings? Expressing our self and then tuning the other person out is not fair. We must make sure the other person is given their due time

Will it build goodwill and better friendships? There is an easy way to build goodwill and better friendships…respect and tolerance. Respect and tolerance are over used words as of late and often one is confused with the other. Respect, by definition, is a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. Tolerance, by definition, is the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particularly the existence of opinions or behaviors that one does not necessarily agree with. Often, we can and should tolerate differences of opinion and the actions that arise from these opinions.

Will it be beneficial to all concerned? In the business world this is key. No one wants to agree to a deal that is not beneficial to everyone. In our everyday world this can be utilized in our everyday interactions. Benefits are not always monetary. I simple smile as you pass by someone in the parking lot can be beneficial.

In closing I will leave you with a quote from Joel Osteen. “Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.”

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