If you grew up south of the Mason Dixon, you’ve likely heard this phrase a time or two. However, if you are starting to question what I do in my free time, let me explain: There’s more than one way to skin a cat is simply another way of saying that multiple methods can lead to the same result. In the south, we looooooove to dip our profound ideals in kitsch; don’t be alarmed. 🙂
Often, especially when dealing with the people closest to us, we require others to think the way we think and to handle their affairs the way we handle ours. The smallest difference in opinion, can create a canyon of emotional separation. We are all guilty of it to some degree. While it’s a waste of time and energy to lug those thoughts and feelings around, the true detriment, is that we dismissed the opportunity to learn something new.
Conflict is a chance to learn, if you don’t see that, then you are missing it’s purpose entirely. There is always something than can be gained by observing another’s approach but first, you must be open to the possibility. Not the possibility that you’re “wrong” per say, but that there very well could be another way to get the same result. If at the end of your observations, you still choose to stick with your guns, at least you gave yourself the opportunity to grow and evolve, which to me, is what life is all about.