“When we avoid difficult conversations, we trade short-term discomfort for long-term dysfunction.” Peter Bromberg
Maybe you’ve been avoiding having a difficult conversation with your spouse.
Maybe you’re afraid of his reaction and that it will ignite an argument…
Or worse, he’ll just shut down and stop engaging altogether.
We do this because we don’t want to feel another letdown, another disappointment.
The worst that will happen if you speak the truth and really share what’s on your heart…
At the end of each of those conversations is a negative emotion.
Unheard and misunderstood.
None of that will feel good.
But at the end of the day, it’s an emotion.
And an emotion will not kill you.
Say what you need to say.
Speak out loud what is true for you.
Have the conversation you’ve been avoiding.
And then let people have their reactions, without it changing your perspective.
There’s a quote from Peter Bromberg that says, “When we avoid difficult conversations, we trade short-term discomfort for long-term dysfunction.”
A few hours of emotional discomfort.
Or a lifetime of hurt and dysfunction.