You can begin by making a simple (but not necessarily easy) decision to accept the other person’s position no matter what.

No matter what you think of it, no matter how stupid, irrational, harmful, annoying, or [insert adjective] it may feel to you.

Acceptance doesn’t mean agreement, adoption, or endorsement. It simply means accepting what their position is.

If you can make this decision then you have a starting place, you have ground from which to begin to move towards them.

Without acceptance, you can move in just about any direction except for closer.

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