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I was today re-reading some posts about Father’s Day, fathering, and, generally, just how to be a better man for those around us.
I revisited an article from 2009 entitled Anger Mismanagement. Go there to read it.
It brings to mind how our dedication to conflict management requires, if done well, for us to learn to manage ourselves first and foremost. It requires us to train and tame our emotions, to recollect ourselves, and to strive always to be better men.
This article highlights how we impact others, and how our influence can travel down from generation to generation. Striving to make ourselves better men is how we can help to undo generational curses and redirect the stream of maturity toward a better direction.
In our estimation, the degree to which we devote ourselves to learning how to get along with other humans will show itself in our personal relations with our roles as fathers, sons, husbands, neighbors, etc. We owe it to all of them to be the best men we can be.
I give credit to several sources for helping me to be a better man. One such source is the Verbal Defense & Influence (VDI) program. There are, of course, other conflict management systems out there. In our opinion, however, VDI is the exemplary one that leads the way in making very practical tools available to everyone from the LEO seeking to generate voluntary compliance in those s/he contacts, to the Customer Service Representative seeking to inspire collaboration in his/her customers, to the Dad seeking to generate in his daughter or son voluntary cooperation.
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. You’ve got a big role in helping to keep this world in balance.