When you are in a conversation that is frustrating or not going the way you would like it to go, I have found asking for forgiveness to be incredibly resourceful in the pursuit to connect with others.
When all else seems to fail, take a risk and ask for forgiveness,
for getting defensive,
for not being curious,
for being caught up in your judgments of the other person,
for neglecting your commitment to connect,
for messing up,
for missing it,
for whatever your conscience and heart are revealing you.
And commit to connecting in the midst of it all.
You will know if you hit the mark. There will be no doubt.