Some people are conflict avoiders, others embrace conflict and try to sort it out as soon as possible. Both approaches have their problems: some conflicts are so significant that they can’t be avoided, while others are so inflammatory that to try and solve them immediately would only make the situation worse.
Sometimes, when letting a conflict go – something that you’ve decided is no longer worth worrying about; it’s run its course – it can come back to haunt you later. Just when you thought that enough time has passed that something will no longer cause you any more trouble, that you’ve successfully "let sleeping dogs lie", the dog wakes up.
Today, I’ve been reminded that sorting out conflict sooner rather than later is worth the effort. Otherwise, the cause of the conflict can expand in the background, and cause even more trouble. A stitch in time, as it were.
If you can think of a conflict that you’ve ignored, in the hope that it will go away, let me encourage you to sort out your differences with the other person, rather than ignoring it, and hoping that it goes away.