Many of us see more relatives at this time of the year than at any other time.
Here is a suggestion to keep in mind. When you deal with family, loved ones, close friends, and other valued people, don’t begin a new conversation with baggage from the last one—or even think about it. If you do, one small incident or perceived slight can adversely influence that conversation along with days or weeks of future communications.
Goodman Ace, the legendary game show producer, had a classic observation: “If you can’t recall it, forget it.” In many cases, we can’t even recall why we were angry or upset. So, don’t try. Every communication should be thought of as a new one.
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