“Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.”
– Albert Einstein
In an age in which feeling offended seems so common a feeling, sometimes by accident, sometimes it even seems intentionally, how should you respond? Well, especially at work – where interpersonal relations should not get in the way of productivity – the famous scientist Einstein may have found the two best ways to respond: first, ignore it if you can, and if you can’t ignore it, then just try to forgive it. Both ways permit you to move onward, forward, positively, without the wasteful and distracting burden of revenge. And, too, if the offense is intentional, your doing the same back might just be what your “offender” really wants. Ignore. Forgive. But don’t revenge. Seems quite work-wise to me.
This quote was shared with us by Maxine of Dothan, Alabama, “just a few miles from the Florida borderline.” Our “Thanks!!” to you, Maxine, for this great reminder that having a “thick” skin is often the best kind of skin to have.
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