Sklover’s Monday Thought: ‘Get Even,’ But Only with Friends

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“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.”

– John F. Southard

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Getting even . . . at work or elsewhere . . . at times is so tempting you can nearly taste it. And, too, musing of ways to get even can capture the imagination like little else can; and then, it usually refuses to let go of you. But, being frank with ourselves, we all know that “getting even” never really ends up to anyone’s benefit. Rather it’s almost surely to become just a new source of new pain. Rather, go the other direction: focus, instead, on “getting even” by “giving back” to those who have helped you. It’s the wisest way to go, and simply completes the “most virtual circle” to the betterment – and happiness – of all. As they say, “One good turn deserves another.”

Our sincerest thanks for this sweet thought go out to Bryce T., of Chillicothe, Ohio, according to Bryce widely known for the Battle of Chillicothe in the American Revolutionary War. Sweet quote, indeed, Bryce. Now I’d like to figure a way to “get even” with you!

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