Always Take The Highroad

“Weak people avenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.”

Coming from a petty Betty like me seems hypocritical but trust me, I have been there and nothing beats going for the high road.

I am one to never ever allow an intentional insult to my person slide just like that, I will hit below the belt in retaliation. Yup, an eye for the whole face. The feeling of triumph that comes with leaving my opponent speechless and devastated is always very satisfying but short-lived.

In the long-run, it feels terrible tearing at someone’s insecurities and watching them retreat in shame even when they deserve it.

So here are the reasons I resolved to always take the high road.

1. It’s never worth it:

No matter the severity of the case at hand, dabbling in a mud fight is never worth it. The prolonged hatred, resentment, and malice which are usually the aftermath of taking the low road is something you don’t want to deal with.

2. To safeguard my peace:

Seeking to retaliate or revenge is usually born out of anger and bitterness, all of which threatens your peace of mind, whether you admit it or not.

3. It makes you a better person:

This is not about sitting on a high horse feeling like the bigger person and all. This is about a step towards self-development, not allowing your emotions to override your sense of logical reasoning and good judgment. It’s about self-control and discipline.

4. It’s simpler and easier:

You don’t have to waste your time worrying or over-thinking the best come back or spend good energy going back and forth until one of you drops dead from exhaustion.

5. The burden of regret is on the other person:

When you reciprocate their petty attitude with a far more matured response by taking the high road, they are the ones who end up looking stupid.

Have a great weekend!

“When faced with senseless drama, spiteful criticisms, and misguided opinions, walking away is the best way to stand up for yourself. To respond with anger is an endorsement of their attitude.”

— Dodinsky

2 thoughts on “Always Take The Highroad

  1. Theodora says:

    Great post, but I’m not sure if I agree with you on this.
    Personally, I usually have lots of stairway thoughts, words I feel I ought to have said in response, that were just at the tip of my tongue, but never made it out of my mouth.

    I’m used to ignoring a lot of slights, insults and all. However as I grow older, I am starting to think life is too short to hold in everything I mean to say.

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    • Ria's Haven says:

      Thank you so much for reading!🤗
      This is the dilemma I actually face in real life. The choice between saying my mind or shutting up because it won’t even make a difference but in my experience, going for the former is often less productive.

      However, there are times you need to call out certain behaviours right there and then.

      In the end, it’s all about choosing your battles, knowing when to respond and when to ignore.


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