If somebody asked you to please list all conflicts you have, how long a list would that be?
If I were to honestly list all my conflicts, those might include conflicts
- with people,
- of time,
- within myself,
- past conflicts,
- current conflicts, and
- other types of conflicts, which I’m too conflicted and tired to identify, in the moment.
Two days ago — during the finale of a 3-day group psychotherapy conference — a very talented group therapist from Texas, Jeffrey Hudson, asked us all some excellent questions about family-of-origin conflicts and emotions, including:
In case there are any conflicts about reading those questions clearly, here they are:
Who did you hate the most when growing up? What did you do with your hatred?
Many people at the conference expressed conflicts in reaction to those questions about hate — an emotion we’re so conflicted about. Personally, I found all of Jeffrey Hudson’s questions helpful. I plan to use them at work, to help people list important conflicts.
There might be a conflict in this post, right now. You might have the conflicted and erroneous belief that Jeffrey Hudson is the person who inspired today’s post about listing all conflicts. And while Jeffrey’s questions might inspire somebody to list important conflicts, here’s what actually triggered this post:
That’s the audition form I filled out yesterday for the Concord Players, which asked that I please list all conflicts I might have with the rehearsal schedule for the musical “Follies,” starting in September.
Knowing me the way you do, would you assume I would have many conflicts to list?
Actually, because of the therapy groups I do on Thursday nights …
I’m still going to the “Follies” audition tonight, though, because I am completely non-conflicted in my wish to overcome all conflicting fears about singing a difficult song in public.
Please list all conflicts you have about these conflicting photos, which I took yesterday:
I am now pleased to list all my conflicts with the word “verb”:
- “Verb” is not a verb, but rather a noun.
Please list all your conflicts with this post in a comment below. I will have no conflicts about responding to all your comments before the end of the day, no matter how many conflicts I encounter.
I shall now list all my conflicts about choosing a song for today:
- I can’t think of any song about listing all conflicts.
- I don’t want any other song to conflict with my audition song for tonight.
Therefore, here‘s another version of the song I’ll be singing at that audition (letting go of all conflicts):
Unconflicted thanks to Kresley Figueroa (for her beautiful singing on a conflicted song), to Jeffrey Hudson (who trained to become a classical pianist before becoming a psychotherapist), to the Concord Players, to all the conflicted creatures and things that helped me create this conflicted post, and to you — of course! — for overcoming all conflicts to be here, now.