“The most important trip you may take in this life is meeting people halfway.” (Henry Boyle) A Buddhist monk who was once a Chicago real estate tycoon has written a book, “Meeting the Monkey Halfway.” It’s about his search for compassion. I guess that trying to meet people halfway is a search for compassion, too…trying to put yourself in the other person’s place. Seeking to understand each other is a good way to negotiate differences. ;-) Jack
FROM RJP IN NAPLES: Good Morning, I have spent a lifetime in professions where I am the middle man, the negotiator, so meeting people halfway is what I do every day. That is an interesting WW. More folks should try to have enough empathy to see another"s point of view. You do not have to agree just understand so you can come closer to meeting objectively. Wow, you always get me thinking and energized early in the morning. Tooo bad you never have strong opinions eh???? HMMMMMMMM????????? LOL Have a great day.====JACK: People in "sales" realize the importance of meeting people halfway, or soon they are no longer in sales. Oh, and btw, halfway doersn't always mean, 1/2 way.
FROM HY YO SILVER: Wow. Another good one!====JACK: It can be frustrating when we are strongly committed to our views, but as the old saying goes, "Half a loaf is better than none." The problem with some idealists is that they want everything and wind up getting nothing. It can happen in relationships, too.
FROM BLAZING OAKS: Good quote. I remember reading a similar quote about marriage: "The best marriage is when both are committed to going more than half-way in the relationship." That, too, rings true! It sounds as though that Buddhist monk would be an interesting person..quite a change in life from a tycoon to monk! We had quite a change in life-style, when we went from Business World to pastor and wife! It's all good!!====JACK: 1/2 way is just a suggestion. The wise person knows that various fractions can work to achieve the desired goal.
FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL: i always thought the most important trip we take is the last one we take:):====JACK: Here's one of my favorite Bible quotes...David saying: "Yet as surely as the LORD lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death."