suddenlysinglewomen

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Lesson #44

on February 23, 2016

“Yield.”

My first thought with this word, or concept, was as it pertains to traffic and operating a motor vehicle.   I’m thinking I remember that we’re to yield to the right, or you yield to the car already in the intersection or a traffic circle, or the pedestrian in the crosswalk.  Slowing down to yield could save a life, or at the very least avoid a heavy repair bill.  But people don’t.

My second thought with this word was regarding certain political speeches where they “yield” the floor, but that doesn’t equate to agreeing to the other side’s point of view.   It’s politeness in politics.  (is that an oxymoron?)  But in most situations, people don’t.

My third thought was how it pertains to an argument or a fight.  To yield is, in essence, to give in or give up.  In our society, we’re built on competition and thrive on winning.  To yield would mean to lose – and that’s never looked upon favorably.  I don’t know many people who care to yield to a fight, once they’re in it.

In the equestrian world, there’s such a thing as a leg yield.  It’s simple, it’s just gently pressing against the side of your horse with the inside of your leg to get them to move over.  Once they do, you stop pressing.  They’ve done what you wanted, you reward them by taking the pressure off.

Maybe as this relates to a Life Lesson, it just means to take a step back.  Don’t be so unbending in your opinions.  Don’t be so blinded by your own that you can’t see the other side.  Maybe if you do, the pressure will stop?

 

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3 responses to “Lesson #44

  1. austinspamperedpaws says:

    My favorite one of the daily posts:)

    On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, suddenlysinglewomen wrote:

    > suddenlysinglewomen posted: “”Yield.” My first thought with this word, or > concept, was as it pertains to traffic and operating a motor vehicle. I’m > thinking I remember that we’re to yield to the right, or you yield to the > car already in the intersection or a traffic circle, or t” >

  2. I promise, I do read, re-read, and then re-read again for typos and mis-spelled words. Sometimes my fingers, my spell check and my brain do not interact “in the moment”! Typo’s have been corrected – sorry and have a great Tuesday all!

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