Is Compromise: a Solution or a Beginning?

compromiseWe all need to compromise at some point of our life. No matter how stubborn a person is, there comes a time when one has to give in – either because of the importance of the situation or due to pressure from others or to just get over it.

Most humans have one thing in common – their craving to get more. We are never satisfied with what we have and we want more and more as we go ahead. However, not everything we desire is achievable immediately. Sometimes we need to compromise, to strike a deal.

There are two ways of looking at it –

Compromise can come as a solution when two people are fighting over something and cannot reach a common ground. Not just about fighting, compromise plays an important role in business dealings as well. We are taught to compromise very early in our life. For example – at home when there is a fight between siblings – parents teach us to compromise and share stuff with each other. Likewise, at work – we are often faced with situations where we need to compromise – in terms of deadlines, resources, targets, people etc.

We now understand what compromise as a solution means. Now let’s peek into how compromise is a beginning. Compromise can also mark the beginning of a new era. – something that you have never traversed before. Sometimes we are forced to tread on a path that we would normally not take by compromising with people.

Let me give you an example. Imagine you live in a multi storied building and take elevator to climb up or down the stairs. The apartment community has decided to save on the electricity and as a result stopped operating elevators other than peak hours. What do you do now? You have two choices – you either change your schedule such that you finish all your work outside during those peak hours or you continue your usual routine and climb stairs instead.

Both options are a Beginning of a new habit. If you choose option one – you are beginning a new schedule which may turn out to be good for you in terms of time management. With option two, your schedule doesn’t gets changed, however you get to do some extra physical activity. This marks the beginning of a new physical routine which may prove good for your health.

People use compromise either as a solution or as a way of beginning something new. The same solution can offer both, how you use it is totally up to you.

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