The Key to Everything—the phrase itself sounds like an unlikely phenomenon. But let’s give it some thought. If it were possible to have a “key” to everything, something to unlock the secrets to human behavior—to understanding others’ and mastering our own, what would that be?
The key to everything is a simple idea, but not easy to master and harder still for others to comprehend. The key to everything, in a word, is diplomacy.
Webster’s defines diplomacy as: skill in handling affairs without arousing hostility. Diplomacy is an attempt to gain favor or achieve progress in a relationship, without engendering ill will.
How many times have we looked back on a situation and thought, “I wish I’d handled that differently.” Often, what we wish we’d done differently amounts to either controlling or concealing our emotions.
We live in an age of unprecedented incivility, which makes diplomacy all the more important in our lives. Let’s be mindful of how we respond to situations that challenge our patience. Let’s remember to be diplomatic. Let’s remember the key to everything.