I never feel good responding to someone when I’m angry. Even when it’s justified.
Using my anger to attack someone else might feel good in the moment, but it’s damaging to any relationship in the long term.
Have you found this to be true?
When someone angers you, what could be a better way to respond?You could stick out your tongue. You could turn around and have the rude person stare at your back. Or you could just do nothing.
You probably should just do nothing.
Because when you don’t respond to an attack, you let the attack hang in the air, and the person who gave it is forced to deal with the weight of their words. They have to sit and deal with what they just did. The emotional venom they spewed only has one place to go–right back at them.
Isn’t that a better option than taking on someone else’s pain?
Doesn’t that feel better than letting another person get the best of you?
It’s something I’m practicing more and more.
And the more I do it, the more I realize how good it makes me feel to just let difficult emotions and situations pass me by, like a roaring train moving into the distance, over a hill and out of view.
All while I do nothing.
All while I go on with my life.