Agree with your adversary quickly . . . —Matthew 5:25
This is a tough verse, especially for a trial lawyer. We are trained to never agree with an adversary. We are focused on exercising our “rights.” As lawyers we are not alone in this. With every disaster the ads quickly appear advising us that we might have a claim. There has been an explosion of “rights.” We have moved from have a right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” to believing we have a right to “a happy and stress free life.”
It is a lost art to see things for another’s point of view. Even when we “know” we are not in the right, it is our inclination to insist on our position.
When we don’t immediately acknowledge that our opponent is right, we dig ourselves into a hole. Animosity rises and grows with each passing moment.
Are there relationships in your life that are suffering from a long-standing “rights” battle? Have you determined that you will never give in? Give it up and do it now. Moreover, pledge to not dig yourself into that hole again. Acknowledge what is right instantly. You will save yourself much wasted energy.
Put right before rights and be blessed.