via Daily Prompt: Compromise


Com = with, promise = agreement, arrangement.

The art of working together towards and agreement. I’ve come across articles that suggest it is wrong to compromise, that you should stick to your guns and never give in. But I beg to differ. Without compromise we would never accomodate each other, there would be no opportunity for collaborative work or learning. Compromise is the art of finding a new way forward, trying to find points of agreement. Without compromise we would have rigidity, black and white scenarios, all forms of fundamentalism. I do agree that we should never compromise our own dignity and integrity, we should never compromise ourselves, as Janis Joplin once said: “Don’t compromise yourself, you’re all you’ve got.” While the Beatles sang ‘We Can Work It Out’ opining that life is too short for fussing and fighting.  Besides it’s not all about you/me. We can compromise our demands, ideals, desires, and wants. My observation is that relationships fail where compromise is absent.

I love this quote from St. Augustine of Hippo (oft times falsely attributed to St. Francis and a few others): “In the essentials let there be unity, in the non-essentials let there be liberty, and in all things let there be charity.” Not bad for a bloke in the fourth century. But then he had witnessed a fair bit of compromising in the the great ecumenical councils of that era.

Relationships flourish where issues and behaviours are compromised, all it takes is an “I message” and a listening ear combined with a willingness to let go fixed positions. Somewhere there is new ground.






Filed under community, history, life, psychology, self-development

11 responses to “Compromise

  1. I agree with u…u have explained it logically and beautifully.

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  2. Yes, now I remember St Augustine; he’s the one who reminded me to never give up on my dreams, to give them some flexibility to fit in with my life within community, to be one who contributes and shares to give and therefore gain the most benefit from life, and therefore, the ability and desire to dream.

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  3. Hi pvcann, and congratulations for you’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award! 😊

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  4. very well said Paul .. by finding the common ground things can be negotiated!

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  5. Lyn Cannon



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