Why can’t some people just mind their own candlewax? Must poke and poke or if not you die? Must you destroy my day?
In an effort to be un-biased I try my best to not let my emotions get the best of me today. But there is that moment you think of murder. It comes with the pretense of misunderstanding. A few days ago I had the privilege, if you want to call it, to be in the thick of it. Misunderstanding, I mean.
It all began with a stranger who told me who I am. Or at least his skewed up version of it.
There’s nothing wrong with criticism I believe, constructive or annihilative. After all, it’s one mans onion. But what I’ve learned from this chance encounter with Sir-Apparently-Knows-Me-Lot is that it’s one thing to criticize someone, and a whole other matter to pass judgement, especially on matters you know nothing about.
So obviously as Christians, we run to the Bible for the WWJD solution on how to handle said knight.
Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
2 Timothy 2:23-24
But what IF you don’t have the restraint at THAT moment and actually retaliated in a very ungodly manner? What then?
It’s a mark of good character to avert quarrels,
but fools love to pick fights.
It’s different in the animal kingdom. If you cross the line, you lose a leg. It’s just natures way of putting you in your place. But in the human world, I don’t always have what it takes to ‘walk away’. I must chew on his leg O_O
Fools give full vent to their rage,
but the wise bring calm in the end.
I cannot stand idly by and be taken for a fool, yet if I retaliate, my fate is the same.
So miserable 😦
Note to self: Just walk away. And don’t look back. I promise you, nothing man say can be indelible unless YOU allow it to be.
I have to learn to take everything with a pinch of salt, really.
In the end, people appreciate honest criticism
far more than flattery.
Thinking of: Getting a new pair of shoes solely for the purpose of ‘walking away quietly’, Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.