“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.”