The dictionary definition of compromise is a noun: an agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions.
However, most of the time, when people compromise, they lose a piece of themselves to another person, company, or entity to make things go the way they want.
People compromise in relationships and end up losing themselves. When people compromise, they quiet the part of themself screaming, “No! This isn’t right! It’s not worth it!” Sometimes we fool ourselves and say, “Let the feeling of unfairness, belittling, discomfort go and enjoy the result you’re working toward. It’s a fair price to pay. It’s a compromise.”
The definition of collaboration is a noun: the action of working with someone to produce or create something.
Creative endeavors require collaboration. Creativity is best when challenged and given helpful feedback. It takes many sets of eyes and inspiration. The same is true for relationships. The relationship should not require you to submit, reduce, or ignore your mind, body, or spirit. A relationship is a collaboration where two people work at a common goal and support one another while being honest about their thoughts and feelings, especially during hard times. Don’t give in to avoid conflict or make things easier because it will backfire in the long run.
Instead, collaborate and thrive.
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