A friend of mine – I’ll call him Max – recently had a disagreement with his sister, and he was agonizing to me about it and how to mend things. When he was brainstorming how to get her to talk to him Max said, “maybe I ought to go with an olive branch in hand”. I asked him how he thought that would work and he said, “It’s a goodwill gesture – a symbol of peace – and if she throws it back at me I’ll know the timing is wrong!” Max’s use of the expression inspired me to consider its derivation, and together we headed for the internet to discover more about its meaning.
There are many sources regarding the olive branch and they date back to Ancient Greek and Roman mythology and to early Christianity. One reference also states: “The flag of Cyprus and coat of arms of Cyprus both use olive branc...
It is evident from all references I researched that the olive branch continues to represent a symbol of peace and is often used together with a dove (holding the branch). “Even the official seal of the United States shows an eagle holding...
So, Max decided to take an olive branch to his sister’s. I am told she smiled at him and a reconciliatory conversation followed. Ah – wouldn’t it be great if all peace talks followed such a ritual?
This week’s ConflictMastery™ Quest(ions) blog explores the symbolism of the olive branch as it may apply to a conflict you want to mend – and how presenting one may be used to initiate peace and peaceful communications in your situation.
What other ConflictMastery™ Quest(ions) may you add here?
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