our engagement with discord

"We made need to relinquish the hopeful images of ourselves as remaining serene under all circumstances, like sitting buddhas carved from wood or stone. We have to expect our composure to be compromised as we learn about the possibilities and creative solutions of working directly with the conflict in our relationships. Even, and maybe especially, when things don't turn out as we want, our engagement with discord refines and teaches us something, altering our life's very course."

- Diane Musho Hamilton, "Transforming Conflict," Tricycle Magazine, Winter 2013

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