‘Compromise’ is defined as ‘a settling of matters by mutual adjustment, each side making some concessions’. To some folks ‘compromise’ is a bad thing. After all, if one really believes in his principles, why should he bend at all … or deviate from what he perceives as the right way?
In government at the local and state levels in Kansas, we see compromise of political positions under the yearly pressure of a balanced budget. Somebody has to give up something to make it all work.
To me, compromise is a fact of life. Our forefathers compromised in order to write a constitution and establish a republic. In our personal lives, we all compromise constantly. We compromise in our relationships, in our work, in our business and finances.
When did Americans begin believing they can always get their way in every situation? And when did getting our own way take precedence over the success of the larger venture?
Compromise is just part of the human experience.
Our thought for today is from Jane Goodall:
“Lasting change is a series of compromises. And compromise is all right, as long as your values don’t change.”