Finding Common Ground TogetherAfter a gorgeous fun day at the lake we tried a new local restaurant with two other families.  While eating one father said he couldn’t trade food because they are vegetarian.  My wife commented how I don’t understand vegetarianism and asked him why they don’t eat meat.  

Internally, as I was listening to him, my ego was in full on battle mode and finding inconsistencies, hypocrisy, and all kinds of reasons why his choice is wrong.  If I had voiced my inner lawyer, what are the chances that he would say “oh wow I never thought of that, I’ve been such a fool and I’m going to start eating meat right now, thanks so much for educating me”?  Probably about as likely as him convincing me to stop eating meat and changing my diet.

Later that evening I remembered the principle of common ground…

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