Published on Oct 9, 2020

It appears that there are very few days at the moment where I don't have to deal with some form of conflict. Fortunately, this conflict has nothing to do with my spousal relationship and family life. At home, I couldn't be happier.

It is my working life that seems to have an abundance of conflict. People under stress, who don't appear to be coping at all well, then venting their spleen as if it is the new way of working. Now some things like a pandemic may have exacerbated the situation, but it is not the cause. The conflict is a manifestation of years of distrust and disdain that has been sitting just below the surface, and now it is escaping.

Conflict can be good, but this is bad conflict, the type that has people pitched in battle against each other. It can't be healthy to work with so much conflict around. Though I am on the receiving end of that conflict from time to time, I try to avoid it as much as I can. I am not one to escalate the conflict. I would prefer to step back, allow the situation to calm, and then work with others to resolve the issues.

All this conflict is tiring, and I think it is just a matter of time before something has to give. I hope that it's not me. The great thing about hitting your head against a brick wall is that it feels good when you stop.