Alongside goodwill and warmth, healthy friction is one of the vital ingredients for human growth.
Overwhelming antagonism defeats us before we even get started. ‘Nice and polite’ leaves us in an uninspired vacuum. Between the extremes there exists a sweet spot where opposition, conflict, challenge and obstacles become the material of self development.
A good enemy respects their opponent, focuses attacks on concrete issues, has clear intentions and seeks resolution for mutual benefit. A good enemy engages in education combat, tests our limits and motivates us to stretch into our potential.
Whether setting boundaries with our children, giving critical feedback to a colleague, or demanding accountability from a supplier, approached with sincerity each of us can be a good enemy.
Celebrate whenever you encounter a good enemy, you are on the cusp of new growth.
[For further inspiration read ‘The Way of the Owl’, by Frank Rivers]