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Mentorship Session Diaries: A Toast

Written By: Paul VanderGriendt, Event Management Coordinator

Mentorship Session Diary. Entry 15

How we approach and deal with conflict is such an important conversation, that is ongoing as we grow and learn about ourselves. Who we are and where we came from create the filters through which we see the world and the situations we find ourselves in. We bring these filters into our interactions with others, but it’s important to remind ourselves everyone has their own filters and own perspective. Each person we interact with is different and individual situations we find ourselves in may need to be handled differently. Being aware of our own thoughts, feelings and personality is important, but so is recognizing those things in the people around us.

Each of our voices is important. Building the confidence to be our authentic selves, put ourselves out there and speak our truth, does not mean we are being disrespectful to others. When this causes conflict or disagreement, it can be an opportunity to learn and move forward with a better understanding of each other. In fact, conflict can be necessary in order for us to break down barriers, build our relationships and have productive interactions.

Handling conflict isn’t always easy, but it is important. When we push ourselves to become comfortable in uncomfortable situations, we build the resilience and experience to interact positively and find resolutions to difficult conversations. Sometimes we need to take the time to think logically and assess situations without letting emotion take over. When we are able to share our thoughts, feelings and opinions without judgement and accept the same from others, we create the space for learning, growth and understanding as a collective.


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